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Week 13: Playoffs Week 2

Idleness breeds contempt or a drop in the ratings. Mission Hills has fallen from ninth to 11th in Cal-Hi Sports’ state top 25, partly because the Grizzlies drew a bye in the first round of the San Diego Section playoffs last more »

2017: Week 11:  Hats Off!

A doffing of the fedora to the 16, playoff-bound teams that won league championships: LEAGUE TEAM RECORD PREVIOUS Avocado Mission Hills 10-0 2013 Central San Diego 10-0 1960* City University City 9-1 2012 Coastal The Bishop’s 9-0 2016 Eastern Lincoln more »

2017: Tri-City Jumper Takes State Lead

Matthew DeRoos of Tri-City Christian long jumped 24 feet, 4 1/4 inches in the Coastal League finals at Orange Glen and took the state lead in that event. Scripps Ranch’s Alex Barr was displaced as the state leader in the more »

2017: Tracksters Warm Up With Weather

Top performances in  seven events and 79 efforts earning 2017 top  10 distinction highlighted 11 league championships last week in San Diego Section boys’ and girls’ track and field competition. Qualifiers from those meets will meet at Mt. Carmel High more »

2017: Powell Leads Raptors to Playoff Win

Norman Powell has earned a spot in the Toronto Raptors’ rotation and is making his bones on  basketball’s biggest stage. The 6-foot, 4-inch guard from Lincoln High scored a career-high 25 points in 34 minutes and shot 8 for 11 more »

2017: La Jolla Vikings Great Dan Berry

Dan Berry passed recently at age 72, leaving a historic legacy at La Jolla High and of significant achievements at San Diego City College and the University of California at Berkeley. When La Jolla met San Diego High at  Scripps Field more »

2017: John Williams, Played on Great Hoover Team

Name Hoover’s starting five in 1959-60 and Johnny (Bo) Williams probably would be the fifth to come to mind. But Williams, a 6-foot, 1-inch guard, was an effective offensive player (269 points in 27 games) and outstanding defender for arguably more »

2017: George Taylor, 80, Cavers’ Hoop Standout

No one scored more than 10 points in a game against George Taylor, whose defensive commitment  and offensive playmaking earned the 6-foot San Diego High guard City Prep League player-of-the-year honors in the 1953-54 season. Taylor, who passed in San Diego on Jan. more »

2017: George (Bud) Milke, Legendary South Bay Coach

Bud Milke was on the bench as a head coach for 500-plus basketball games in his career, more than half at Mar Vista High and Castle Park, and rolled with the deathless prose of Grantland Rice: “For when the One more »

2017: Dave Grayson, Legendary Caver, Hornet

David Grayson, who retired before the 1971 NFL season as one of the pro game’s all-time defensive backs, passed away recently at age 78. Grayson intercepted 48 passes from 1961-70 in the American Football League and NFL as a member more »

2017: Cleveland (Smiley) Jones, 77

Services for San Diego High legend Cleveland (Smiley) Jones will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at El Camino Memorial Park, 5600 Carroll Road, San Diego, 92123. Viewings are  scheduled from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. more »

2017: Charles Sanford, Anchor of Cavers’ Great Relay Squad

Charles Sanford finished the perfect race. Etched in my memory: Edwards Stadium, Berkeley, 1963 state track meet, final event, 880-yard relay. San Diego High against the field at the end of the two-day program. Sanford and teammates Walter (Buddah) Blackledge, Gordon Baker, more »

2017: 99th State Track and Field Finals

A decidedly thin year in San Diego Section track and field ended on a promising note in the 99th state meet at Clovis over the weekend. Sophomore Karson Lippert, who came into the season with a best of: 49.77 as more »

2017: 19 Advance to State Track and Field Finals

CLOVIS–11 boys and 8 girls from the San Diego Section qualified yesterday for tonight’s 99th state track and field championships at Buchanan High. Six, all-time County top 15 performances came amid gusty winds and a temperature in the high nineties when competition more »

2017:  Tucker, Howard, Lipscomb, Tomlinson

Four outstanding athletes who graced the San Diego sports scene were among those who passed in the past months. HORACE TUCKER He was late reporting for football practice at San Diego High in 1952, because Tucker and teammate Floyd Robinson more »

2017: They Made the NFL on Opening Day

Twelve former San Diego Section stars made the 32-team NFL rosters of 1,693 players at the start of the 2017 season. Thirteen made the list in 2016 and 15 in 2015. Helix was one of 40 schools with 3 players more »

2017: San Diego Thinclads Rate in State

With Arcadia behind them, San Diego Section track and field athletes settle into  three more weeks of dual meets, weekend invitationals, and league trials before Section trials May 20 and finals May 27 at Mt. Carmel, and the state meet more »

2017 Week 9: Musket Time for Helix, Grossmont

Grossmont probably wouldn’t recognize the musket trophy if it defeats Helix this week. The Foothillers (6-2) and Highlanders (7-1) meet for the 61st time in what is known as the battle of the musket, although there has been only carnage more »

2017 Week 8: About Cavers, Hamamoto, Gilster, Saints

San Diego continued to impress; coaches moved on leaders in all-time victories, and St. Augustine rebounded. San Diego improved to 7-0 with a 34-7 over Kearny, which took a 6-0 record into the game, as big, fast Raiden Hunter rushed more »

2017 Week 7: Big Week for Komets, Cavers

There was no Week 6 blog, with the attendant rankings from The San Diego Union, because we were celebrating my beautiful bride’s birthday on a seven-day cruise south, along the Mexican Riviera. I had a fat attack, unable to resist more »

2017 Week 5: Helix Defender Near Top of List

Opinions are like a certain area of the anatomy.  Most of us have one. The opinion of, which maintains a running list of  who’s who in high school football and who is being recruited by whom, is that the more »

2017 Week 4: U. City, Mira Mesa Enjoying Ride

How significant is 4-0? Depends on your perspective. Nice, but, hey, we’re used to being there, would be the reaction from Mission Hills, Calexico Vincent Memorial, Christian, Crawford, El Centro Southwest, San Marcos, and Calvin Christian. All of those teams more »

2017 Week 3:  Cavers Finding It Fun Again

Baby steps to others are leaps and bounds at San Diego High. Save for a 13-8-2 record by the Keir Kimbrough-coached squads in 2010 and 2011, the Cavers have endured stretches of apathy and losses that extend into the misty more »

2017 Week 2: Overtime, Then and Now

Palm Springs defeated Scripps Ranch, 42-35, in two overtimes and Army-Navy’s topped Perris Military, 21-20, in one overtime last week. Both of those game results presumably were more easily reached than the first in 1976. That was the year of more »

2017 Week 12: It’s Playoff System Controversy Time

CIF boss Jerry Schniepp had a thoughtful response recently to criticism of the San Diego Section playoff formula by writer John Maffei, but even if Schniepp’s assertion that the system implemented this year is the best of several that have more »

2017 Week 10: Regular Season Undefeated Prizes Await 6

What is it when Grossmont plays Helix? The Highlanders exercised their annual domination over the Foothillers, 57-3, last week. Grossmont had scored 157 points in its previous three games, wins of 51-14 over Steele Canyon, 54-26, over Valhalla, and 51-7 more »

2017 Week 1:  Helix Up, Cathedral Down, Mission Hills Cruises

Too early for trends, but Cathedral’s defending state 1AA champion has some catching up to do and Helix is positioning itself to make a run such as the Dons’ in 2016. The Highlanders, preseason ranked 12th in Cal-Hi Sports’ overview, more »

2017 Week 0: Helix starts off as No. 1

Enriched by the transfer from St. Augustine of running back-defensive back Isaac Taylor Stuart (a four- or five star recruit, according to  grading services), coach Robbie Owens’ Helix Highlanders begin the season as the No. 1 team in the San more »

2016: Week 14: Top Rated Teams Meet in Finals

The CIF power ratings are holding up fairly well as the final round of San Diego Section play takes place Friday and Saturday at Southwestern College. The two highest power rated clubs will meet in the Open Division and in more »

2016: San Diego’s All-Time Super Bowl Roster

Thirty-three players with San Diego Section or Southern Section connections have played in the 49 Super Bowls. Denver and Carolina meet in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7 in Santa Clara. Carolina Defensive tackle Nate Chandler from Mira Mesa, who more »

2016: Roger Lively, 77, One of Sweetwater’s Best

The first athlete inducted into the Sweetwater High Hall of Fame, Roger Lively was a standout in the major sports and a steady, vital presence in a remarkable run by the Red Devils in the 1956-57 basketball season. The 6-foot, more »

2016: Madison’s Jackson Has Highest W-L %

Rick Jackson, who guided the Madison Warhawks to a 12-2 record, two classic postseason victories, plus a third almost as riveting, has the leading won-loss record among San Diego County coaches with at least 100 career victories. Jackson is 120-36-4 more »

2016: Legendary Coach Ed Sanclemente, 92

Lewis Edward Sanclemente, 92, passed away  recently, leaving behind a multitude of friends and admirers and memories of a lifetime spent in or around baseball. Ed Sanclemente grew up near the University Heights playground, where he shagged baseballs for young slugger Ted more »

2016: Kennedy, Galindo, Cunningham Pass

First athletes and then coaches, each experience leaving a lifetime of memories. BOBBY KENNEDY The San Diego State graduate was  head baseball coach at Chula Vista from 1957-82, his teams winning six Metropolitan League titles, earning 19 playoff appearances, and more »

2016: Eldridge Cooks, Fullback on ’55 National Champs

Eldridge Cooks, the starting fullback on the 1955 San Diego High team that won the Southern California championship and was acclaimed the national high school champion for that season, was at a UCLA basketball game when he passed recently. The more »

2016: Dick Coxe, 95, Coached Many Champions

There was not a track and field event in which Dick Coxe did not have expertise, but he probably preferred the grueling discipline of cross country. Friends and former athletes will honor Coxe with their recollections of the demanding, straight-shooting more »

2016: The Grandkids

We’ve been idle since the state high school track meet and probably won’t be posting much for the next month, as our two grandsons, 13 and 12, from Connecticut have made their annual invasion. For Susie and me, this represents  4-5 weeks of never-ending more »

2016: Siegler, Alvarado, Altice Lead Way in 98th State Meet

San Diego Section track-and-field entries placed in eight of 32 events at the 98th state track championships in Clovis Saturday. –About 26 per cent of the entries scored points amid the 102-degree heat of Buchanan High. –Out of 96 total at the more »

2016: Pete Jernigan, Played Baseball, Coached Softball

Paul Douglas (Pete) Jernigan, one of the San Diego area’s most accomplished athletes and coaches, passed away recently at his home in Heresford, Arizona. Jernigan, 75, played 10 seasons of professional baseball and later coached successful high school and Under more »

2016: Locals Have Hopes in 98th State meet

Do well in the section finals.  Get to the state meet.  Qualify in the Friday trials.  Rest up for the finals.  Finish in the top 5 Saturday.  Get a “PR”*. Score a point or more and earn a medal.  Maybe more »

2016: Jerry Ralph is Most Traveled Head Coach

Jerry Ralph made history earlier this week when he was announced as the head football coach at El Camino High in Oceanside, becoming the first to lead five different San Diego Section programs. Ralph has compiled a 123-76-2  (.614) record more »

2016: Don Donnelly, Longtime Track Coach

A celebration of Don Donnelly’s life will be held at the La Mesa Community Center on Nov. 14 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Donnelly, 87, passed recently after a lifetime of athletics and coaching, principally track and field and cross country. A more »

2016: Coaches’ Revolving Door: 19 Changes

At least 19 schools in the San Diego Section changed football coaches this season and probably that many reasons could be offered for this arguably massive turnover. In no particular order, a few possible explanations:: — Pressure to win — Long more »

2016:  A.J. Sisk, 82, Coached in Metropolitan League

One week before the 1969 football season A.J. (Art) Sisk resigned as coach at Hilltop High to pursue a career in publishing for the McGraw-Hill Company. Sisk began selling textbooks to schools in the San Diego area, launching a publishing more »

2016: 13 Players From Here on NFL Rosters

Editor’s Note:  A couple sharp-eyed readers, Gregg Durrant and Justin Schaeffer, noticed a couple whiffs as soon as this article appeared.  I listed Tony Jefferson as a wide receiver when he is a safety and  overlooked kicker Jason Myers of more »

2016-17: Saints Rise to No. 6 in Final Ratings

Another good season of San Diego Section basketball is in the books. St. Augustine finished sixth in the final, expanded Cal-Hi Sports listing of the top 40 teams in the state and the Mission Hills girls were seventh in rankings of the more »

2016-17: And Then There Were 8

The  Southern California regional of the state playoffs reached the semifinal round after San Diego Section teams qualified eight of the 17 teams it sent to the weekend quarterfinals. All local boys and girls teams except Helix will be on the more »

2016-17, Week 10: Happy Trails, Saints Landmark

Dougherty Gymnasium went out in a blaze…of technicals! The final two games at  St. Augustine were in  keeping with the history of the  64-year-old building, a bandbox of often ear-splitting noise, tightly-packed crowds, and  barnburner finishes. Foothills Christian coach Brad Leaf will more »

2016-17 Week 8: Playoffs Next as Leagues Finish

The regular season ends on Friday night and power ratings to determine divisional playoff appointments will follow on Saturday. St. Augustine lost another first-place vote to Torrey Pines in the weekly Union-Tribune poll,  but is number one in the present more »

2016-17 Week 7: Here Come the Power Ratings

The invitationals and shootouts are  complete, league play is winding down, and the CIF Power Ratings are coming to the forefront. As happened last season and will  again, the eight leading teams in the power ratings  in the San Diego Section will more »

2016-17 Week 6: St. Augustine Alone at Top

The speed bump Foothills  Christian hit against Orange Glen last week was followed by a chassis-rattling pothole in a 20-point blowout by Woodland Hills Taft. The Knights (17-4) need  a front-end alignment. They vacated their status as the No. 2 more »

2016-17 Week 5: Movement at the Top

Idleness apparently breeds contempt among voters in the weekly Union-Tribune poll. St. Augustine, tied for first with Foothills Christian last week, played one game and defeated Lincoln, 68-62. Foothills played two, winning 84-45 over West Hills and defeating Coastal League more »

2016-17 Week 4: Littleton Sets Record, Gets Big Mac Invite

The Bishop’s Destiny Littleton sailed past Charde Houston to set the girls’ career scoring record in California and the status quo remained on the boys’ front in San Diego Section basketball last week. Equally significant news was off the court. Littleton more »

2016-17 Week 3: All Quiet on Top

The first three teams in the Union-Tribune Top 10 are easy. Between the numerous “Shootouts”, “Classics”, “Showcases”, and “Invitationals” which jot the basketball map at this point in the season, getting a handle on Foothills Christian, St. Augustine, and Torrey Pines, more »

2016-17 Week 2: Knights, Saints Share Top

Foothills Christian, St. Augustine, and Torrey Pines, we know about.  All three played before overflow crowds of more than 3,000 persons in the Under-Armour tournament at Torrey Pines over the Christmas holiday. What about the Vista? The Panthers are fourth in more »

2016-17 Week 1: Foothills Christian Leads Again

Coach Brad Leaf’s Foothills Christian squad picked up where it left off, first in the first San Diego Union-Tribune basketball poll,  which the Knights dominated in 2015-16. The El Cajon club is 6-1, with only a 90-73 loss to defending more »

2016-17 State Championship: Singer has seen all of Helix’ Best

John Singer has seen the greatest Helix teams from the bench. He was an underclassman reserve on the 1969-70 squad led by Bill Walton that posted a 33-0 record and is regarded  as not only the best team to come out of more »

2016-17 Regionals: Seventeen Remain in Play

With Open Division play beginning with quarterfinals tonight, seventeen of 31 San Diego Section teams remain in the Southern California regionals of the state playoffs. Boys teams won seven of Wednesday’s 13, opening-round games, were 6-1 in road games and more »

2016-17 Regionals: Saints, Torrey Get Rugged First Tests

Thirty-one teams from the San Diego Section begin play Wednesday and Friday nights in the Southern California regional  playoffs. Regional winners will qualify for the state championships against Northern California winners. The CIF state committee which created the seedings and brackets based more »

2016-17 Regionals:  Helix and Serra Reach Finals

The Helix boys and Serra girls are still in the hunt. Both teams have reached the finals of the Southern California Regional playoffs, last step before the state championships March 24-25 at the Golden Center in Sacramento. Helix (30-5), the more »

2016-17 Week 9: Saints Figure to be Wary in First Round

St Augustine finished No. 1 in the Union-Tribune regular-season poll, is the San Diego Section’s No. 1 seed in the Open Division playoffs, and is 11th in the state, according to Cal-Hi Sports as the Saints await No. 8 seed more »

2016 Week 9: Season of Undefeateds and Winless

Six teams are  7-0 (Calvin Christian is 6-0)  and the trend figures to continue as San Diego Section clubs head into the stretch run of the regular season. The Bishop’s (7-0) visits La Jolla Country Day (6-1) in the feature game involving one more »

2016 Week 8: The ‘Hills is Alive With Sound of Undefeated Squads

Theirs is not as old a rivalry or as traditional as Grossmont-Helix, but Grossmont-Valhalla will come close this week when the  undefeated East County powers roll in the dirt in a Grossmont Hills League game. The winner probably will determine who challenges Helix more »

2016 Week 7: Western Rivals Open League Play

The Western League  race begins  this week with the season’s premier matchup to date:  No. 1 St. Augustine (5-0) plays host to No. 6 Madison (4-1) at Mesa College on Friday. Two of the San Diego Section’s most successful coaches more »

2016 Week 6: Many Teams Await League Openers

Mission Hills is at Mater Dei in this week’s top game as many clubs are idle, prepping for the beginning of league races next week. Cathedral, 49-7 winner over a Bakersfield Liberty team that won the Central Section Division I more »

2016 Week 5: Saints and Dons Have Each Other in Sights

St. Augustine and Cathedral  are on a collision course and, unless Madison gums up their plans, will meet for the Western League championship at Mesa College in  Week 9, the winner being the favorite for the top seed in the more »

2016 Week 4: Saints Win After 88 Years

Not the most significant achievement in school history, but St. Augustine celebrated. The Saints won at Los Angeles Loyola, 17-14, last week, defeating the Cubs for the first time since Prohibition. Okay, so it was only the eighth time the teams more »

2016 Week 3: Are Wildcats on Way Back?

El Camino was 58-81 through 2015 after Herb Meyer took his 339 career victories and walked into the coaching sunset in 2001. Jerry Ralph is the Oceanside school’s fourth coach since Meyer stepped down and may have the Warriors positioned more »

2016 Week 2: Change Already at Top

Two things learned in Week 1: Helix might be less and St. Augustine might be more. The No. 1 Highlanders, ranked ninth in the state in Cal-Hi Sports’ preseason Top 25, was surprised, 28-21, by Timpview of Provo, Utah, in a home more »

2016 Week 17, Cathedral, Madison, & Verdell Hold Sway

Football, it’s  a wrap. Cathedral finished fifth in Cal-Hi Sports‘ state top 25, Helix was 14th, and Madison 19th in an outstanding  San Diego Section season. Coach Sean Doyle’s Cathedral Dons, wearing the letter “U” on  their helmets in the state more »

2016 Week 16:  Country Day Plays NFL Schedule

La Jolla Country Day will set a San Diego Section record tomorrow evening when it plays visiting Oakland McClymonds in the State Division V-A finals at 6 p.m. The championship will mark the 16th game, the length of a regular more »

2016 Week 15: Cathedral Unanimous in Final Grid Poll

Cathedral, Madison, Mater Dei, and The Bishop’s comprise four of the final Top 10 selections in the weekly Union-Tribune poll and will begin quests for state championships this week. Cathedral was a unanimous choice as No. 1, earning first-place votes from more »

2016 Week 13: Ratings Show Some Power

Power ratings honcho John LaBeta can look at the semifinals pairings in this week’s San Diego Section playoffs and feel pretty good, if not vindicated, about the controversial seedings process. History has not recorded a season in which all teams more »

2016 Week 12: Not All Happy With Playoff Picture

The sportswriters and broadcasters and CIF power ratings maven John LaBeta have spoken and there is some agreement. Cathedral, Rancho Bernardo, and Helix, 1-2-3 in The San Diego Union final regular-season poll, are the top three seeds in the Open Division more »

2016 Week 11: Cardinals Find the End Zone

Hoover did it. The Cardinals scored, not once but twice, in a 49-14 loss to Patrick Henry. Hoover had not even registered a blip in its first eight games and was closing in on a record set in 1976 by San more »

2016 Week 10: Rivals Face Moments of Truth

Take a good look at this week’s Union-Tribune Top 10 poll.  It won’t be the same next Tuesday and likely will change even more after the last of several blockbuster matchups take place 10 days from now on the final Friday of more »

2016 Week 1: First Poll Like Last; Coach Changes, Con’t

Helix and St. Augustine are 1-2 in the first Union-Tribune football poll and that’s how they finished in 2015. The Highlanders  and most of the rest of the San Diego Section open the season this week,  marking one the earliest starts more »

2015: Yetta, Ray Brokaw, Early Western League Standouts

Winston Yetta, who led Point Loma to a Southern California basketball championship in 1959-60, and Ray Brokaw, a member of Birt Slater’s first two teams at Kearny, have passed away. Yetta, a three-sport performer—football, basketball, and baseball—was the catalyst in more »

2015: Week 7, Real Racing To Begin

Nonleague and intersectional games just about out of the way, 16 of the San Diego Section’s 19 leagues swing into action this week. The Eastern, Metro Pacific and Metro South Bay tee up next week. El Camino, 5-0, for the more »

2015: Week 12, Grizzlies are No. 1 and No. 3

Undefeated Mission Hills was an almost wire-to-wire, regular-season winner in the Union-Tribune writers’ poll, but the Grizzlies are seeded only third behind Helix and St. Augustine in the Open Division of the San Diego Section playoffs, which begin this week.   more »

2015: Website Readers Are Correct About NFL

Two readers of our website looked at our table showing  13 San Diego Section high school graduates in the NFL and found a couple glaring errors. The NFL list of 1,696 players also included safety Tony Jefferson of Eastlake and kicker Jason Myers more »

2015: State Division Rankings Improve for Locals

Action above, including Long Beach Poly’s 52-6 loss to Concord De La Salle, has resulted in Mission Hills and Helix getting another boost in Cal-Hi Sports newsletter’s unofficial, weekly state rankings by division. Mission Hills is 10th and Helix 11th in Division more »

2015: San Diegans in State Track Top 10 (4)

If the state track meet were  tomorrow, instead of in two weeks, San Diego Section girls would have a chance to win possibly three events.  The boys, none. In one of the most disappointing seasons in several years, San Diego girls more »

2015: San Diegans in State Track Top 10

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2015: San Diegans in State Top 10 (3)

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2015: San Diegans Close With a Rush

Five bests in the state meet, nine in the season’s final two weeks and some competitive  efforts in the finals at Clovis Buchanan High allowed area tracksters to finish on a strong note. Weak in the flat races as compared to the rest of the state more »

2015: Saints’ Victory Felt in Statewide Poll

St. Augustine’s rout of Mission Hills in the San Diego Section semifinals created a seismic response in the state top 25 rankings as selected by Cal-Hi Sports. The Saints jumped from On-The-Bubble status to 21st in this week’s poll and more »

2015: Ron Dargo, Ace of Crawford Staff

Ron Dargo, 69, who pitched Crawford High to the 1962 San Diego Section baseball championship, passed away recently at his home in Spring Valley. Dargo, a lefthander, and  John Allison, who pitched from the right side, led a late-season Colts more »

2015: Morrison, Dobson Also Step Down

John Carroll’s retirement from Oceanside earlier this year has been followed by the departure of two other, successful, veteran San Diego Section coaches. John Morrison, who took his 18 Francis Parker teams to 18 playoff berths, and Bill Dobson, whose more »

2015: Marks, Weather Terrific in San Diego Section Track Finals

The stars shone in the afternoon yesterday as two meet records fell and seasonal bests were set or tied in 19 boys and girls events in the 55th San Diego Section track and field championships. Perfect weather at the pristine Mt. Carmel facility made more »

2015: Lots of Coaching Changes

Seeking  head job?  Apply here. At least 18 football vacancies have been filled in the San Diego Section as 96 schools await the first week of action Aug. 28-29. The 18th newcomer will be Darryel Neal of Salton City West Shores, more »

2015: Little League Legend Joe Schloss, 88

Joe Schloss, who  operated a North Park sporting goods business for 69 years and coached the same Little League team for 59 seasons, passed away  at age 88. Schloss, a 1944 graduate of San Diego High, coached a legion of youngsters more »

2015: John Kovac, Started Mesa College Football Program

John Kovac, the first head  football coach at Mesa College and coach of Coronado’s 1955-56 Southern California basketball championship team, passed away at age 89. Services for Kovac, who moved from San Diego to Palm Springs in October, will be Jan. 20 at St. more »

2015: Hamamoto Lone Active 200-game Winner

Ten active coaches are among the 41 who have won at least 100 games in the San Diego Section as teams  begin practice this week in advance of opening games Aug. 28. Ron Hamamoto, 201-127-4 in 30 years at University, Rancho more »

2015: Eddie Logans, 70, One of “The Twins”

Eddie Logans, 70, from a family of athletes and achievers, died after a long illness on July 17. Eddie and his twin brother, Elmer, preceded by footballer-wrestler-hurdler Tommy, were standouts at San Diego High.. Eddie ran the 440 in :49.6, more »

2015: Champions of 19 Leagues, Take a Bow!

The regular season is finished, playoffs are about to begin, and who won league championships?  AVOCADO EAST                                               more »

2015: Carberry Makes 40, 100-Game Winners

An error in compilation of our list of coaches with at least 100 career victories omitted a 40th member of that club. Monte Vista’s Ed Carberry posted a 100-59-3 record in 14 seasons, with a .626 winning percentage. Carberry became the Monarchs’ coach more »

2015: Art Powell, Member of Legendary Family

Oakland Raiders managing general partner Al Davis spoke in 2006 about Art Powell, whom Davis signed out of the Canadian Football League years before. “I wish I could take you back to 1963,” said Davis, “because I had one of more »

2015: Week 5, Chula Vista & Sweetwater Keep Streak Alive

You haven’t found them in any top 10 poll lately, but in a constantly shifting world one thing is certain:  Chula Vista and Sweetwater will play, every  year. The South Bay schools, connected by  Highland Avenue in National City and 4th Avenue in the community to the South, more »

2015: Valley Center’s Gilster Nears Second Century

Rob Gilster of Valley Center moved from 11th to 9th place among all-time winning coaches in San Diego County in 2015  and needs three victories next year to gain admittance to the 200 Club. The Jaguars’ 8-4 season  gave Gilster a 27-season more »

2015: Rory Trup, Section 880 Champ in 1970

Rory Trup, the San Diego Section 880-yard run champion in 1970 at Mission Bay, passed away. Trup, 62, of Encinitas ran 1:55.3 to win the Section title at Balboa Stadium and posted a career best 1:55.1 in the State trials at Edwards more »

2015: Rick (Red) Hill, Longtime San Diego Sports Figure

Richard Morgan Hill, 62, passed away recently at Grossmont Hospital. Few people would recognize the name.  He preferred being called Rick but was even better known to a couple generations of fans and media around here as “Red” Hill. Helix High  coach more »

2015: Poll Unchanged 1 Through 7

Glacier-like movement in the Union-Tribune Top 10 continued this week with small action taking place in the bottom rungs. Many teams are observing byes as league play edges onto the stage.  Almost all  will be so engaged in a couple weeks. St. more »

2015: Morton, Gehring, Sam Edwards

Lance Morton, Rich Gehring, and Sam Edwards are among former San Diego prep athletes who  recently passed away. Morton, 81,  a founder of the Brigantine Restaurant chain, was a second team all-City Prep League  end on the 1951 Point Loma squad more »

2015: Hurdler Bob Fortin, Coach Morris Shepherd

Track standout Bob Fortin, 68, and Vista and Chula Vista head coach Morris Shepherd, 95, passed. Fortin was one of top hurdlers in the San Diego Section and had a best time of :14.7 in the 120-yard high hurdles as a senior more »

2015: Gail Devers, Meet Dani Johnson

CLOVIS–Dani Johnson of Cathedral set two San Diego Section records and was part of another as area athletes qualified in 20 boys and girls events last night in trials of the 100th anniversary state track meet at Buchanan High. Including double more »

2015: Billy Casper’s Mark as Chula Vista Student

Billy Casper, who passed away recently at age 83, was not only a Hall of Fame golfer as a professional but  also made his mark as a student  at Chula Vista High. Casper was runner-up as a sophomore, champion as more »

2015: Bill Van Leeuwen, Star on Aztecs’ Defense

Bill Van Leeuwen, a standout defensive lineman during some of the most successful years of the coach Don Coryell era at San Diego State, passed away June 10 in Wickenburg, Arizona.   Van Leeuwen, 66, was an undersized, cat-quick tackle more »

2015: Best Track Marks

It’s been a slow year in San Diego Section track and field, although business  picked up a little in the last couple invitationals, Arcadia and Mt. St. Antonio. Two more weeks of dual meets, plus the annual Escondido Invitational, will more »

2015: 3 Area Teams To Host State Finals

San Diego Section teams posted a 4-2 record in the Southern California playoffs (a.k.a. State  Bowl Championship Series) last week, the games hewing to a historic trend of strength in the lower divisions. Local teams will be favored in at more »

2015: 13 From Here on Opening Rosters

Helix is one of 12 schools in the country with at least 4 alumni players who made 2015 opening-day rosters in the NFL. Thirteen San Diego Section graduates were active, down from the 16 of 2013, the last year we published more »

2015, Week 9: Move Over, Dick Haines

Valley Center’s Rob Gilster can tie Dick Haines this week for ninth place among the winningest coaches in  San Diego Section history. The 32-21, Valley League  victory over Fallbrook last week was Gilster’s 193rd.  The veteran mentor moved from 11th to 10th place earlier more »

2015, Week 8: Mission Hills Takes Over North County

Wither, Oceanside? The 45-0 loss to Mission Hills last week shook the foundation of the dynastic program at the school overlooking the intersection of old U.S. 101 and Interstate 5. It’s one thing to get blown out, but even in losses the more »

2015, Week 3: St. Augustine, Loyola in Rematch Here

How far has coach Richard Sanchez’s program come at St. Augustine? The Saints get another shot against a major opponent this week, tradition strong Los Angeles Loyola, ranked 24th in the L.A. Times and winner of its first two games, more »

2015, Week 11: Helix Closes Gap with Grizzlies

Helix picked up 4 additional first place votes in this week’s Union-Tribune poll and now has eight, half the total of front running mission Hills, which remained No. 1 for the ninth consecutive week and moved into top 10 in the weekly more »

2015, Week 10: Komets Come Out of Coma

Business has picked up at Kearny, where the Komets have won three in a row and can finish the regular season with their best record since 2011. Takoda Browne, who has scored touchdowns by running, receiving,  kickoff, punt, and pass interception more »

2015, Week 1: It’s Helix and Mission Hills

Helix received 19 first-place votes and Mission Hills 3 in the first, 2015  Union-Tribune football poll. The Highlanders open their season at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cathedral against Arizona’s Scottsdale Chaparral in one of the annual “Comrade in Arms” games, while more »

2015-16: Foothills 3rd, Cathedral 14th

There were no state championships, but it was a solid season in San Diego Section  basketball. Foothills Christian, behind McDonald’s all-star T.J. Leaf, was third in the state in Cal-Hi Sports‘ final boys Top 40 rankings. Cathedral ranked 14th and St. Augustine 23rd. The 2015-16 more »

2015-16: Five Remain in South Regional Playoffs

The few, the proud…. Five teams from the San Diego Section still are in the hunt as the Southern California regional playoffs reach the semifinals round tomorrow. +Foothills Christian (25-4) will try to stop the No. 1 team in the more »

2015-16: Cathedral, Foothills Beat Favorites on Road

Greater challenges lie ahead, but San Diego Section teams in the Southern California regional playoffs were successful in three of four Open Division quarterfinals games last night. +The Foothills Christian Knights stunned Mater Dei, dealing the Monarchs their first loss more »

2015-16: All San Diego Section Squads Eliminated

It was five and out for the San Diego Section in the Southern California regional semifinals last night. Most of the road-weary locals were in their ball games at halftime but faded thereafter, memories of terrific seasons and bus rides of more »

2015-16: Kearny, St. Augustine Pull Big Road Wins

Despite being seeded in the nether regions of the Southern California regional playoffs, No. 15 Kearny and No. 12 St. Augustine scored significant road victories last night, while most other San Diego Section squads, including all 13 girls’ teams in action, were stowing their gear more »

2015-16: Boys Hit Road in Southern California Regionals

San Diego’s eternal quest for respect from the Southern Section renews this week with opening rounds of the state regional playoffs. Respect still is to be earned. Only one of 15 boys teams is seeded higher than its opponent in more »

2015-16, Week 5: Foothills Goes to Massachusetts

Foothills Christian lost its rematch with Chino Hills but continued as a team of statewide import, but has not yet gone “national,” in the eyes of major U.S. ratings entities. The Adidas-influenced Knights will travel again this week, to Springfield, more »

2015-16 Week 9: Seedings, Playoffs Coming Fast

Assistant commissioner John LaBeta will be up into the early morning hours Saturday and, hopefully after a few hours sleep, at it again when the sun rises. Basketball’s most important weekend is at hand. LaBeta is the ratings maven for more »

2015-16 Week 8: Another Tough Assignment for Leaf & Co.

Foothills Christian’s national cred will be tested this week when the Knights take on Santa Ana Mater Dei in a Nike event Saturday night. Foothills (16-3)  is  fourth in the latest Cal-Hi Sports rankings,  16th in USA Today,  and No. more »

2015-16 Week 7: No Change Among Poll Top 4.

Foothills Christian blew past a couple Coastal League opponents last week and retained its ranking as No. 1 in San Diego, No. 4 in California, and No. 17 in the United States. The rankings are from the Union-Tribune, Cal-Hi Sports, more »

2015-16 Week 6: Knights Receive USA Today Props

Foothills Christian, a weekly, unanimous No. 1 in the San Diego Union-Tribune  poll, went “national” this week when it landed as No. 17 in the USA Today rankings. The thrill-a-minute Knights achieved the honor with another roller-coaster performance against Connecticut’s Waterbury Sacred more »

2015-16 Week 4: Foothills Gets Another Chance

Foothills Christian, blown off the court, 40-13, in the first quarter and a 106-86 loser to Chino Hills a  couple weeks ago, will have another try at the USA Today No. 1 Huskies in the Sierra Canyon Super Showcase in Chatsworth Saturday. The pressing more »

2015-16 Week 3: Holiday Tournaments Continue

New Year’s and league play await, but  holiday action continues, most notably with the Under-Armour event hosted by coach John Olive and the Torrey Pines Falcons. Play begins Saturday with seven of the Union-Tribune Top 10 clubs competing.  Foothills Christian, St. Augustine, and Army-Navy are in more »

2015-16 Week 11: Foothills Runs Away With Final No. 1 Rating

Records through Monday, March 7: Rank Team Record Points Last Poll 1 Foothills Christian (11) 24-4 110 1 2 Cathedral 20-6 96 2 3 St. Augustine 22-7 79 4 4 Kearny 30-3* 77 7 5 Torrey Pines 25-5** 71 3 6 more »

2015-16 Week 10: Playoffs Open on Quiet Note

Open Division teams, representing the elite of San Diego Section basketball as determined by the power ratings system, don’t get under way in the  playoffs until Friday (Girls) and Saturday (Boys). Divisions I-V begin play tonight (Girls) and tomorrow (Boys). more »

2015-16 Week 1: Foothills Christian Meets Texas Team

No. 1 Foothills Christian is scheduled to play  Cypress Lakes of Katy, Texas, in the Phoenix suburb of Goodyear, Arizona Friday. The game is to be televised on ESPN 2 at 3:30 p.m., according to Max Preps. Other teams in more »

2015-16 Week 0: Foothills No. 1 In Poll

Foothills Christian, No. 1 in the first Union-Tribune basketball poll, was 4-0 before being savaged by a piranha-like attack from the Chino Hills Huskies in finals of the Battle Zone Tournament at Corona Centennial Saturday night. Final score, 106-86. Foothills’ T.J. more »

2015 Week 4: Helix Seeks Return to Top 20

Helix has vanished! From Cal-Hi Sports. The Highlanders  are nowhere to be found in this week’s top 20 ratings. Coach Troy Starr’s Scots are 1-1 and coming off a 56-7 blowout of Eastlake.  They aren’t even given “On the Bubble” status, that more »

2015 Week 2: Helix Defeat Unexpected

Helix still ranks as the No. 12 team in the state by the respected Cal-Hi Sports and dropped from No. 1 to third in the San Diego Section after a surprising (not to unhappy coach Troy Starr), 23-19 loss to Scottsdale Chaparral  of Arizona more »

2015 Week 17, Saints No. 1 in D-II, Helix 7th in D-I

It’s essentially not who you beat, but who you played. St. Augustine lost three games but was 20th in the state and No. 1 in Division II in Cal-Hi Sports‘ final 2015 rankings. Cathedral lost five but its schedule was so difficult that the more »

2015 Week 16: Helix Sweeps Final Football Poll

After losing their first game, 23-19, to Scottsdale Chaparral, the Helix Highlanders fell from their first-place position in the Union-Tribune‘s  opening football poll but unanimously regained the top spot in the final week of the poll following their 44-30 win against St. Augustine in more »

2015 Week 16: Six Go For Southern California Titles

Helix defeated St. Augustine, 44-30,  in a terrific Open Division championship game before a standing-room  crowd of at least 10,000 persons at Southwestern College and six San Diego teams qualified for Southern California championship play. It’s a brave new world more »

2015 Week 15: Down Goes Mission Hills

You could hear the gasps of shock from the North County denizens who worship at the shrine of the Mission Hills Grizzlies. St. Augustine ran away from coach Tim Hauser’s team, 48-14,  as Elijah Preston rushed for 236 yards and more »

2015 Week 15: Coronado Scores in D-V

Thanks to the numerous opportunities for playoff participation, Coronado, a third-place finisher in the Central League,  is celebrating its third San Diego Section championship today. The Islanders topped Crawford of the Manzanita League, 21-7, at Southwestern College last night for the more »

2014: Week 16: Disaster!

Oh, my! This had to be the worst weekend of football in San Diego County prep history. Two state championship games, one a devastating blowout, the other an almost certain victory flushed in the final two minutes. If John Carroll was more »

2014: Steve Brand’s April 27 List

Sprints and hurdles times are fully automatic.  Some better marks in parenthesis are hand timed. w–wind aided. BOYS 100— Lucas (Poway), 10.81, Dickens (Grossmont), 10.82, Doan (St. Augustine), 10.84, LeBlanc (University City) 10.88, Brewer (Brawley) 10.90, Dosier (Monte Vista) 10.90, Hennie more »

2014: Staggs Services Set

Services for Jeff Staggs will be held at the Immaculate on the University of San Diego campus on Friday, Oct. 3, at 11 a.m. A celebration of life follows at the San Diego State Hall of Fame center on campus. more »

2014: Mac’s fleet 1,500 propels Ducks to title

Happy Father’s Day! Oregon’s Mac Fleet defended his national collegiate 1,500-meter run championship with a time of 3:39.09 yesterday, helping the Ducks win their first men’s championship since 1984. Nosing out Arizona’s Lawi Lalang, who was seeking a ninth NCAA more »

2014: Hamamoto (200), Jackson (100) Hit Milestones

Like mile markers on the interstate, coaching victories progress at their own pace and gradually add up. Monte Vista’s Ron Hamamoto became the eighth  to win 200 games this season and Madison’s Rick Jackson was the 39th to reach 100. Hamamoto (201-127-4), a 30-year veteran more »

2014: Elena Casanova Cota, Matriarch of Athletic Family

The St.Charles Borromeo Church was filled to its football-field-sized capacity Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, as family members and friends said goodbye to Elena Casanova Cota, who accomplished much in her 94 years. Mrs. Cota raised five sons and a daughter and three more »

2014: Cut Christian Some Slack?

Christian can’t get no respect. Pardon the double negative, but maybe the UT-San Diego poll voters should train an eye on the Patriots of El Cajon.  Me included. The Patriots are 4-0 and the No. 1-ranked Division IV team in more »

2014: Calipatria’s Dubious Mark; Helix, ‘Side Move Up

Blown out 63-6 and 84-6 in its first two games, Calipatria appears to have given up more points in successive games than any 11-man team in the history of San Diego County and San Diego Section football. History in this case goes back to more »

2014: 1956 Game Film, Visit With Hoover’s Baranski

Thanks to Hoover  alumnus and  school historian Chuck Hansen, we were able to  acquire footage of Hoover’s celebrated football victory over San Diego in 1956, plus a 1992 televised interview with the late Walt Baranski, a star on that Cardinals team. Baranski, more »

2014: Women Tracksters Star and Look to 2015

The names that figure to be shouted out in 2015 are Labrie-Smith and Johnson from Cathedral, Acolatse from Mission Hills, with maybe a raised voice by Mongiovi from West Hills. All were underclass standouts among the women, who made the most more »

2014: Titans Run Very Fast 4×100

Poway’s 400-meter relay team was as hot as the 100-degree  weather at the Escondido Invitational last night. A Titans foursome of Will James, Jarod Turnage, Brandon Lucas, and Lance Mudd flawlessly passed the baton and covered the toasty, all-weather layout  in :41.62, fourth fastest time more »

2014: St. Augustine Goes Intersectional

With Frank Buncom IV leading the defense and explosive running back Elijah Preston propelling the offense, St. Augustine might have more good players than last season’s 11-2 team but could be hard pressed proving it. The Saints have stayed close to home for more »

2014: San Diego Legends Meet

Bill Walton and Larry Blum had more in common than just being among the crowd at the University of San Francisco’s National Invitation Tournament game recently. Both are former San Diego Section basketball players of the year, Blum at Crawford more »

2014: San Diego Leaders Eye Section Finals

Were the San Diego Section trials yesterday the “proof of the pudding” for area qualifiers who now enter the two most important weeks of the season? Section finals will be Saturday at Mt. Carmel High, followed  by the state meet in Clovis more »

2014: Ogundeji, Cathedral Girls Stand Out

A couple hard-knocking hurdlers from Cathedral and a shot putter from Madison furnished the star power for the San Diego Section in the boys’ 96th and girls’ 41st State high school track and field championships over the weekend in Clovis. Doton more »

2014: Ogundeji Takes National Lead in Shot Put

Madison’s Doton Ogundeji, who made noise in the state meet in 2013, raised the decibel level to a shout  at the Sundevil Invitational Saturday at Mt. Carmel. The all-San Diego Section football linebacker last season took the national lead in more »

2014: Ogundeji leads Section State Qualifiers

The San  Diego Section has 16 state top 10 performances, compared with 18 two weeks ago and 11 last week as the 96th meet championships loom this weekend at Clovis’ Buchanan High. There are many scoring opportunities for the local group more »

2014: Oceanside Gains With Cal-Hi Sports

Rest not only can cure what ails you but can help in the rankings. Oceanside and Mission Hills, idle last week as they ramped up for this week’s battle of the Highway 78 corridor, each was elevated in Cal-Hi Sports’ more »

2014: Mickelsen, Paulk, Verlasky Made Marks

Noel Mickelsen, Charlie Paulk, and Richard Verlasky recently passed. Mickelsen, 80, had a lengthy coaching career in San Diego’s East County after posting a 71-62 record in nine seasons of professional baseball, including three years in  the AAA Pacific Coast League. The more »

2014: McFadden’s .735 Third Highest

John McFadden’s  announced decision to step down as head coach at Eastlake leaves  nine active San Diego Section coaches with at least 100 victories. McFadden became the Titans’ head coach in 2000 and posted a record of 120 wins, 42 losses, and 4 ties more »

2014: League Finals Produce State Contenders

It’s that time of year. Fire-delayed league finals didn’t slow San Diego Section track and field athletes in their pursuit of May-June honors. Seven new state top 10 performances were recorded (see table below). Poway’s Brandon Lucas turned a wind-assisted more »

2014: Intersectional Games & New Coaches

Preseason games don’t have the import of regular-season contests, which carry the prestige of potential league championships and playoff seedings, but the early intersectionals have their own realities. Do well in these games and gain ratings. Have high ratings and more »

2014: Helix 15th in State Top 25

A come-from-behind-win against a ranked team from the Southern Section resulted in coach Troy Starr’s Helix Highlanders landing 15th in Cal-Hi Sports‘  State Top 25 this week. Oceanside is 16th, Mission Hills 21st, and St. Augustine is “On the Bubble”. more »

2014: Escondido Meet Next Up

Madison’s Doton Ogundeji continues to lead state and national shot putters and Mt. Carmel’s Derek Morton has moved in front of California 800-meter runners. Both are expected to take on some of the nation’s best in the annual Arcadia Invitational more »

2014: Edward Silva, 83, Star of ’49 Pointers

Fullback Eddie Silva, who passed away recently in San Diego, where he was born, was the leading scorer in the County in 1949 and Point Loma won a championship. Silva and Marshall (Scooter) Malcolm were touchdown twins for coach Don Giddings’ more »

2014: Dunnam, Saska Among Those Passing

Farewell, old friend. Those words were heard over the summer for at least four former San Diego-area football players. Doug Dunnam,  75,  was a starting guard on the 1956 City Prep League-champion Hoover team that upset San Diego High, 20-12, before a more »

2014: Coaching Legend Walt Harvey, 95

Walt Harvey, whose firm and folksy touch resonated with generations of San Diego-area athletes and future coaches, passed away Feb. 7 at age 95. A memorial will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 22, at La Vida Real, where Harvey more »

2014: Charlie Powell, 82, San Diego Legend

Charlie Powell, the oldest and most renowned member of an iconic  San Diego family, passed away  Labor Day morning at age 82. A resident of  Altadena, Powell was in San Diego for a family function when he became ill on Friday.  He died more »

2014: 48 Years After, Danielson’s Marks Still Best

Tim Danielson was convicted last week in El Cajon Superior Court of murdering his ex-wife in 2011.  His expected sentence of 50 years to life is pending. I’d like to remember Danielson as the billiant runner who competed  for coach Harry Taylor more »

2014: 2 State Leaders Await Arcadia Invitational

Madison’s Doton Ogundeji continues to lead state and national shot putters and Mt. Carmel’s Derek Morton has moved in front of California 800-meter runners. Both are expected to take on some of the nation’s best in the annual Arcadia Invitational more »

2014-15: Saints Can Look Ahead With Confidence

Wait till next year seems appropriate in San Diego Section basketball, according to the respected Cal-Hi Sports. The Stockton-based newsletter is suggesting that St. Augustine could be a Top 20 team in the 2015-16 season. That would be an accomplishment, more »

2014-15: Poll Virtually Unchanged

The sluggish UT-San Diego poll showed no change in the first six positions from last week with  minor juggling after that, most notable being St. Augustine’s rising from 10th to seventh. Meanwhile, there continues to be an absence of San Diego more »

2014-15: Poll Remains Same, 1-10

The order of  the Union-Tribune Top 10 was unchanged after the fourth vote of the season, but there will be changes next week. No. 1 Foothills Christian was beaten, 48-42, by The Bishop’s at Cuyamaca College last night in what more »

2014-15: No Poll Today But Lots of Action

We’re going to hold off on publishing the weekly Union-Tribune basketball poll, because games Monday night would dramatically alter the Top 10, the deadline of which for voters is 10 a.m. on Monday. The poll’s timeliness often is in question at this time of more »

2014-15: Horizon Girls Get Stink Eye From CIF

Winning a league and section title no longer matters, according to the convoluted “power” ratings and Open divisions established by the state CIF and endorsed by the San Diego Section. The Horizon girls’ basketball team was essentially told to drop more »

2014-15: Hoops Hot in Foothills

Foothills Christian is second in UT-San Diego‘s basketball poll, but the Knights are 18th in the Cal-Hi Sports state vote, ahead of San Diego Section rankings leader La Costa Canyon. La Costa received all 11 first-place votes in the local balloting, but the Mavericks more »

2014-15: Give Morse Some Respect

Where have I gone wrong? I voted for Morse as No. 5 in the UT-San Diego basketball poll this week. I assigned No. 10 to Army-Navy. The poll of 11 voters released today shows Army-Navy No. 5 and Morse No. more »

2014-15: Day Girls Save the Day

San Diego Section teams came home with one championship in the state basketball tournament, old reliable La Jolla Country Day’s girls winning in Division V, 40-36 over Palo Alto Eastside Prep. The title was coach Terry Bamford’s fourth.  The Torreys finished more »

2014-15: Torrey Pines Leads 6 San Diego Teams

Can coach John Olive’s tough-minded, resourceful Torrey Pines Falcons pull off another victory in Tuesday’s Southern California playoff Division I semifinals? The No. 6-seed Falcons, trailing, 43-40, after three quarters, walked down host No. 3 Long Beach Poly, 54-49, in the quarterfinals Saturday more »

2014-15: Torrey Pines Keeps Winning

The world is Torrey Pines’ oyster, for now. Coach John Olive’s Falcons completed an 8-0 January and have a 10-game winning streak as they visit Rancho Bernardo tonight. The 21-2 Falcons have six remaining regular-season games against teams with a more »

2014-15: Playoffs Now Get Serious

Ugly blowouts apparently in the rear view mirror, the San Diego Section basketball playoffs reach the semifinals round this week in the Open and Divisions I-V. The so-called CIF power ratings, with  their comprehensive reviews of statistics, scores, strength of schedule, etc., raised more »

2014-15, Week 3: Knights Hope to Turnover New Leaf

Foothills Christian is No. 1 in the UT-San Diego poll, but the Knights  got there wondering what if. Foothills is 8-6 and has a “woulda-coulda” lament. The Knights forfeited two early, blowout victories because of the ubiquitous and dreaded administrative glitch involving player more »

2014-15 Week 1: Mavericks Lead in Hoops Again

La Costa Canyon, which began and ended the 2013-14 campaign as the No. 1 team in the San Diego Section weekly poll (it fell to fifth during the season)  is again at the top of the UT-San Diego inaugural basketball voting. more »

2014 Weeks 13-14: It’s Oceanside and Helix, Again

The San Diego Section could get as many as three teams and as few as none in the upcoming state football playoffs. OPEN DIVISION Oceanside, now ranked fifth in Cal-Hi Sports’ top 25  (the highest a San Diego Section team more »

2014 Weeks 11-12: First Round Like Regular Season

Sixty-four playoff teams became 32, but the action was more like an 11th regular-season game, everyone awaiting the real postseason. It all should change this week, with Open Division competition beginning in the quarterfinals and with some decent offerings. Eastlake more »

2014 Week 9: What Did Oceanside Do Wrong?

You win your last four games by combined points of 168-21  and lose votes? That’s what happened to Oceanside (7-0) in this week’s  UT-San Diego poll.  The Pirates, who defeated Torrey Pines, 42-21,  remained on top,  but it wasn’t unanimous. No. 3 Helix more »

2014 Week 9: A Vote for Cathedral

Cathedral has been on a rampage and Oceanside may be losing some steam. So Cathedral was No. 1 when I emailed my weekly Top 10 selections to John Maffei of UT-San Diego today. The Dons ran away from St. Augustine, 57-22, in the battle more »

2014 Week 8: Oceanside Faces Tough Final 4

Can anyone topple No. 1 Oceanside? We’ll just stick with the regular season for now. The Pirates’ last 4 opponents have a combined 16-8 won-loss record. On paper, no  other team in the UT-San Diego weekly top 10 (see below) more »

2014 Week 8: Hast(ings) Makes No Waste

U.S. citizens have elected 11 Presidents since 1946, but Point Loma hasn’t gotten with the program. The Pointers have had three head coaches in the 69 seasons since World War II. Count ‘em. Don Giddings replaced Bill Maxwell in 1946 more »

2014 Week 7: State Postseason Could be Reward

Mission Hills at Oceanside this week brings together the top  teams in the UT-San Diego poll and coaches with a combined 358 victories in their careers. Oceanside’s John Carroll (239), generally acclaimed major domo of San Diego Section mentors, holds a 7-2-1 more »

2014 Week 7: Oceanside, Carroll On Move

The opponents and the milestones continue to pass for John Carroll and his Oceanside Pirates. The 42-16 victory over Mission Hills left the Pirates with a 6-0 record and within shouting distance of an unbeaten, 10-0 regular season. Herb Meyer doesn’t more »

2014 Week 6: El Capitan Off The Back Burner

Coach Ron Burner has El Capitan on a fast track, but will its wheels hold up? The Vaqueros have started 5-0 twice, in 1967 under  Joe Till, and in 1973, with Joe Rockhold as boss. They can become 5-0 this week, more »

2014 Week 6: And Now There Are 10

With a nod to the beginning of league play next week, seven of the top 10 teams in the weekly UT-San Diego poll this week took the night off. Through Week 6, ten teams still are undefeated, compared with seven a more »

2014 Week 5: Introducing Knengi!

As the first woman coach in San Diego County history and believed to be the second in California, Knengi Martin’s advice was simple. “Whatever stereotypes might be out there, break through them and follow your passion,” she said. The jovial more »

2014 Week 4: How Hot? Plus, 3 Locals Gain in State

Fifty-one years ago almost to the week, San Diego football players sweltered. It was hotter in 1963 than in 2014. Let’s try that again. It was hotter in 1963 than in 2014. Incongruous as its sounds given the recent scorchers, the more »

2014 Week 4: Down Goes Helix

Tomrorow’s UT-San Diego football poll undoubtedly will list Oceanside No. 1. How far will Helix fall from first after its 9-7 loss to Cathedral? I listed them fourth in my vote, behind Oceanside, Mission Hills, and Cathedral. “I told you more »

2014 Week 3: Helix, Oceanside Gain Separation

Helix had 16 first-place votes and Oceanside the other three as the two big shots from opposite points of the County are beginning to separate from the rest of  the Top 10 in the UT-San Diego poll. Helix gained only one point to 187 but Oceanside more »

2014 Week 2: Highlanders Command Poll

Three more big intersectional battles loom for San Diego Section teams at Oceanside this week, testing Helix’s and Oceanside’s standing in the weekly UT-San Diego poll. The second week of Honor Bowl games at Oceanside will match No. 1 Helix and Loomis more »

2014 Week 2: Madison’s Questionable Choice

Rick Jackson’s program at Madison took off in 2008.  The Warhawks are 66-9-1 since and success is noted everywhere. The school, hard by I-805 and Clairemont Mesa Boulevard, has a modern, aluminium stadium that hosted about 4,000 persons Friday night more »

2014 Week 15: Oceanside No. 1 Here, 5th in State

Oceanside was the unanimous choice of 19 voters as the No. 1 San Diego Section team in the final UT-San Diego poll. The Pirates are fifth in Cal-Hi Sports‘ state rankings with a state playoff game against Fresno Edison this week and more »

2014 Week 15: 3 Good to Go in State Playoffs

Unprecedented. That’s the way pairings shook out for San Diego Section teams today when CIF state commissioner Roger Blake announced that three area squads will host games in the first round of the state playoffs. Officially titled the 2014 CIF more »

2014 Week 15-16: San Diego Teams Face High Scorers

Oceanside and El Capitan forged a Division I & III parlay into the state championships with convincing victories in the Southern California regional playoffs but now will take on two, explosive 15-0 teams  this week in Carson. Oceanside (14-0) ran more »

2014 Week 14: Champions Await State Invites

John Carroll hasn’t won 247 games for nothing. Thrown off by Helix’ speed and quick start, Carroll, coaching from the Southwestern College press box, went to a no-huddle offense late in the third quarter and Oceanside scored the game’s last 17 more »

2014 Week 12: Heady Atmosphere for Some Qualifiers

No less than seven teams still alive in the San Diego Section playoffs haven’t been this far in at least 10 years. Sixteen teams are preparing for eight semifinal games this week, with the computer-oriented seeding process playing out well, but not much differently more »

2014 Week 12: Playoffs Essentially Begin This Evening

The real racing in the San Diego Section playoffs, including competition in the Open Division, begins tonight with quarterfinals games on fields drying out from recent rain. Teams with championship hopes also have their sights set beyond, to the state more »

2014 Week 11: It’s Helix’ Turn to Scratch Head

A panelist who voted for Helix as the No. 1 team in the UT-San Diego top 10 in the last two polls apparently was dissatisfied and cast his vote for Oceanside this week. Helix’ 56-10 victory over Grossmont last week seemingly was not impressive enough when more »

2014 Week 11: Top Teams, Enjoy Your Week Off

The computer and the writers, broadcasters, and administrative honchos are in agreement. The elite, top 10 teams in the UT-San Diego poll won’t be asked to mingle with the proletariat in the first round of the Division I-V postseason. The CIF’s computer-based seedings  byed each more »

2014 Week 11: Revenge of the Cardinals

What a difference 70 years makes. Jerry Ralph’s speedy, competitive Hoover Cardinals took a 63-0 halftime lead and then called off the jam, activated the running clock, and ran out the game against former arch rival San Diego. The 63-point victory more »

2014 Week 10: Oceanside Still at Top

There’s no room at the top in the UT-San Diego weekly poll.  Some points adjustments were noted, but the same eight teams remained in place from the previous week. While there were no changes, Cathedral took one of Oceanside’s first-place more »

2014 Week 10: Oceanside Slips in Cal-Hi Top 25

Oceanside dropped from sixth to seventh in Cal-Hi Sports‘ weekly State Top 25. The 8-0 Pirates, driving toward their first undefeated regular season since 2009, are joined among the state’s elite by Cathedral, which moved up to 22nd from 23rd, more »

2014 Week 10: Fallbrook Fells Foes

Give it up for Fallbrook! The Warriors claimed their first league title since 2003 this week with a 31-6 victory over Orange Glen. The Valley League championship  might also get the Warriors more than a cursory look from area observers. Quietly, more »

2014 Week 1: Poway Steps Up, Others Step Down

I feared for Cathedral and didn’t want to battle I-5 traffic on a Friday night to get to Oceanside, so the veteran blogger took in Rancho Buena Vista at Poway and was impressed. With the winner and the loser. Poway, more »

2014 Week 1, Con’t: Helix Salvages Some Respect

Helix beat a good Ventura St. Bonaventure team, 24-20, Saturday night, but Mission Hills was beaten by Timpview of Provo, the No. 3 team in Utah, 42-28. San Diego Section teams thus finished the first weekend far  in arrears against more »

2013: West Hills Ace (Not Song) Rolls at Arcadia

A West Hills athlete dominated Saturday in the Arcadia Invitational, but it wasn’t state-leading discus thrower Brenden Song. Sophomore Melissa Mongiovi, running in the afternoon seeded session, blew out a :55.28, for the overall first-place finish in the Girls’ 400-meter more »

2013: UT-San Diego’s All-Time, All-County Football Team

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE Quarterback Ezell Singleton San Diego 1958 Running Backs C. R. Roberts Oceanside 1953 Tyler Gaffney Cathedral Catholic 2008 Darrin Wagner Lincoln 1987 Receivers Patrick Rowe Lincoln 1986 Art Powell San Diego 1954 Line Jack Harrington Rancho Buena more »

2013: U-T San Diego Preseason Poll

    Team/1st Place Votes in ( ) 2012 Record Points* Last Year 1 Oceanside (19) 12-1 288 1 2 Mission Hills (9) 7-4-1 251 5 3 Madison (3) 14-1 208 4 4 Helix 10-3 197 6 5 St. Augustine more »

2013: Steve Brand’s Track Top 10

As of May 26.  *State qualifier. a–automatic timing.  c–converted, yards to meters. w–with wind. BOYS 100—(Fully automatic) Brown (Valhalla) 10.76, Smith (Mount Miguel) 10.80, *Ardis (La Costa Canyon) 10.81 (10.70w), S. Pater (Mt. Carmel) 10.83, Molton (Hilltop) 10.84, *Lucas (Poway) more »

2013: Steve Brand’s Final Top 10

Includes State Meet, May 31-June 1. BOYS 100—(Fully automatic) Brown (Valhalla) 10.76, Smith (Mount Miguel) 10.80, Ardis (La Costa Canyon) 10.81 (10.70w), S. Pater (Mt. Carmel) 10.83, Molton (Hilltop) 10.84, Doan (StA) 11.07 (10.84w, Lucas (Poway) 10.85 (10.78w), Lewis (San more »

2013: Season May Not Be Over

Is a state bowl game series game  in the offing for a San Diego Section team? Cal-Hi Sports is suggesting that Mission Hills could meet the winner of  tonight’s Southern Section, Vista Murrieta-Corona Centennial Division I championship contest.  Such a more »

2013: San Diego Section Holds Up in Openers

Eight of 11 San Diego Section teams won first-round games and advanced to Saturday’s Southern California regional quarterfinals.  Two others which received first-round byes will swing into action. Pairings, records ( ) and seeds ): DIVISION I 5) Inglewood (19-10) more »

2013: Saints No. 1 in UT Poll and State Regional Pairings

St. Augustine saved its best best game for last and earned the No. 1 rating in the final UT-San Diego boys’ basketball poll. The Saints (25-4) raced to a 16-2 lead after the opening tip against Cathedral Catholic in the more »

2013: Saints March in and Over First-Round Foe

St. Augustine students residing in “The Pit,” were off their game last night. When the score reached 79-20, the vocal cheering section in a  corner of the Saints’ tiny gymnasium began serenading visiting Mar Vista players with “This game is more »

2013: Saints Gain Regional Final

St. Augustine won the best 2 out of 5 with Cathedral Catholic. The Saints defeated the Dons with a 25-13 fourth quarter tonight and earned a berth in the Southern California regional finals Saturday at Colony High in Ontario. The more »

2013: Saints and Horizon Win Cliffhangers

The circumstance and the stage may have made for the most defining athletic moment in St. Augustine’s 91-year history. It wasn’t that the Saints pulled away from San Francisco Sacred Heart Cathedral in overtime Saturday in Sacramento and won the State more »

2013: Saints 10th in State; Horizon tops in D-V

  St. Augustine’s 6-0 run through the San Diego Section, Southern California regionals, and CIF State championship game resulted in the Saints making a huge leap to overall  No. 10 in Cal-Hi Sports’ final rankings for 2012-13. Horizon finished No. more »

2013: Open Semifinals & III, IV, and V Quarterfinals

Ailing John Carroll, still not fully back from a late-season health scare,  wasn’t about to go hyperbolic. After all, Carroll has won 233 games  in  25 seasons at Oceanside. U-T San Diego writer Don Norcross wanted to know if the more »

2013: Next Up, San Diego Section Trials

Hot weather and hot tracksters are heating up  the San Diego Section. Twelve section bests were recorded in league finals last week and the real racing (and jumping, vaulting, and throwing) begins with the Section trials, an all-day carnival at more »

2013: Mission Hills Our Choice in Preseason Poll

Chants of “We’re number one!” followed by “Why aren’t we number one?”  will be heard in a few days when UT-San Diego’s first football Top 10 will signal that games are just days away. With a little help from UT-San more »

2013: Legend of McKeevers and San Pasqual’s No. 86

Terry Monahan’s story in today’s UT-San Diego about the history of San Pasqual’s football jersey No. 86 jogged my memory. Eighty-six has been worn  by Eagles linebackers almost every year since 1977, but since 1983 in honor of a former more »

2013: Komets’ Hall of Fame Recognizes Ed Imo, Others

Ed Imo is going into the Kearny Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 13, in a tribute most fitting for the anchor of perhaps the finest team in school history. After a 6-6 tie with Sweetwater in the opening game, more »

2013: Kenny Hale, 90, Played and Coached Basketball

Kenny Hale, one of the last surviving members of San Diego State’s 1940-41 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics basketball championship team, passed away at age 90. A 1938 San Diego High graduate, Hale eventually went into coaching and had winning more »

2013: John Fawcett, 93; Star Quartermiler

On April 17, 1937, John Fawcett of Coronado High came out of the chute on the straightaway at Chaffey High in Ontario and traversed 440 yards in 49.5 seconds. Fawcett handily won his one-turn race in the Chaffey Invitational and more »

2013: Jack Menotti, Head coach at Madison, Ramona

Jack Menotti, who coached Madison to an undefeated season on the field in 1972, passed away Dec. 28, 2012. Menotti, 78, also coached at Mesa College and was head coach at Ramona.  He was introduced to coaching in the 1960s more »

2013: Hoover Rallies

The Hoover Cardinals earned their seventh trip in 10 years to the San Diego Section finals last night, overcoming the deep and long San Marcos Knights, 68-63. Hoover (28-5) takes on La Costa Canyon (27-4) Saturday in Viejas Arena for more »

2013: Girls’ San Diego Section Records

100m 11.43 Jasmine Gibbs El Camino 2012 200m 23.16 Monique Henderson Morse 2001 400m 50.74 Monique Henderson Morse 2000 800m 02:08.0 Lesley Noll Mt. Carmel 1985 1600m 4:41.71 (n) Alli Billmeyer Torrey Pines 2011 3200m 10:18.9 Alli Billmeyer Torrey Pines more »

2013: Girls’ All-Time Best Performances

100m 11.43 Jasmine Gibbs El Camino 2012 11.51 Gail Devers Sweetwater 1984 11.56 Jackie Thompson Lincoln Prep 1973 11.61 Monique Henderson Morse 2000 11.65 Jolanda Diego El Camino 2004 11.69 Jenna Puterbaugh Santa Fe Christian 2010 11.71 Tenille Stoudenmire Rancho more »

2013: Freeman Sets Scoring Pace

Royce Freeman of Imperial scored 43 touchdowns and 258 points in 12 games to lead the San Diego Section for the third year in a row and finished sixth in the state, according to unofficial statistics provided by Max Preps. more »

2013: Coach Ray Baksh, 80

Ray Baksh, 80, who coached football at Helix, La Jolla, and St. Augustine and lived  with an entrepreneurial spirit, passed away in San Diego. Baksh was a graduate of Imperial High and is in the Imperial High football Hall of more »

2013: Championship Predictions…er, Guesses

Imperial’s dream run and Crawford’s miracle run each came to an end…with a thud.                                                                                                                                                    The Tigers of the Imperial Valley were no match for St. Augustine in the San Diego Section Division II semifinals, losing 56-12, despite a good performance more »

2013: Cathedral Sophomore Chases Devers

CLOVIS—Twenty-one of San Diego’s 90 entries qualified yesterday for this evening’s 95th State track-and-field championships at Buchanan High. In arguably a mediocre season for the San Diego Section, a strong season finish is possible. The state meet is the event more »

2013: Cathedral No. 1 as Calendar Hits January

After five weeks of nonleague games and tournaments in far-flung locations, San Diego Section basketball teams begin the run to the playoffs in earnest this week. Cathedral emerged as the frontrunner in the third UT-San Diego poll with all 13 more »

2013: Cathedral Holds Sway as Playoffs Near

With nine days until the first round of San Diego Section playoffs,  Cathedral Catholic still is No. 1. UT-San Diego’s CIF basketball ratings did not change from the previous week. One through 10, no one moved up or down, although more »

2013: Boys’ All-Time Best Performances

  100m 10.30 Riley Washington Southwest 1992 10.42 Reggie Bush Helix 2002 10.45 Vince Williams University City 1996 10.45 Darron Norris El Camino 1984 10.46 Ike Okenwa Morse 1998 10.49 Paul Turner University City 1993 10.51c (9.61y) David Russell Henry more »

2013: Augie Escamilla, 90

Augustine (Augie)  Escamilla, whose voice was heard at major track meets in San Diego  for more than 30 years and who was a respected educator and coach for five decades, passed away on  May 1 at age 90.  A  service more »

2013: Army-Navy Rises in Poll

Army-Navy, gathering steam behind the long, shot-blocking, 7-foot, 1 inch Cheikh N’Diaye and slick-shooting guard Devin Watson now is second in the UT-San Diego boys’ basketball poll. N’Diaye had six blocked shots and 20 rebounds to with his 20 points more »

2013: Arcadia on; Song Reaches 191-5 Here

A few San Diego athletes stood out in the Friday  portion of the Arcadia Invitational. Doton Ogundeji of Madison led a group of discus throwers at 169 feet, 8 inches, third best in the County. Four Mt. Carmel runners averaged more »

2013: All-Time San Diego County Football Teams

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE Position Name School Year Quarterback Ezell Singleton San Diego 1958 Running Backs C.R. Roberts Oceanside 1953 Tyler Gaffney Cathedral Catholic 2008 Darrin Wagner Lincoln 1987 Receivers Patrick Rowe Lincoln 1986 Art Powell San Diego 1954 Line Jack more »

2013: 38 Coaches Are Members of Club 100

La Jolla Country Day’s Jeff Hutzler, who stepped down recently, became the 37th coach in the San Diego Section to have a career total of at least 100 victories.  Jack Mashin of Grossmont recorded 125 victories in the Southern Section. more »

2013: “Teddy” Wilson, 70, From Family of Athletes

Ted Wilson passed away in Maui, Hawaii, last month. To hundreds of San Diegans who knew him, Teddy was your basic,  friendly, next-door neighbor who would laugh at your jokes, no matter how corny, and be Johnny-on-the-Spot in times of more »

2013: “Stayin’ Alive”

Six San Diego Section teams, out of the original 13, still are practicing and still preparing as the Southern California regional playoffs reach a critical semifinals round. At least one of the remaining six will be eliminated in games Tuesday, more »

2013: Warren Vinton, 89, Led Helix in ‘Sixties

Warren Vinton, who helped Helix establish itself as an athletic force as San Diego schools moved to form their own CIF section, passed away in Murrieta in Riverside County recently at age 89. Vinton  posted a 25-9-1 record as the more »

2013: Track Season Heats up at Arcadia Invitational

“Arcadia is the big one,” says Steve Brand.  “It’s the first real indicator of what to expect in the important, late-season meets in May and June.” The Arcadia Invitational track meet at Arcadia High, east of Pasadena, begins this evening more »

2013: Tonight’s the Night

  San Diego Section basketball gets its most severe test. Tonight’s Southern California regional semifinals could provide the most definitive view of how local teams stack up against some of the strongest Los Angeles-area teams. The most intriguing matchups take more »

2013: Steve Brand’s Track Top 10

(Reported as of May 12) a–fully automatic. w–with wind.  h–hand timed.  c–converted. BOYS 100—(Fully automatic) Brown (Valhalla) 10.76, Smith (Mt. Miguel) 10.80, S. Pater (Mt. Carmel) 10.83, Molton (Hilltop) 10.84, Lucas (Poway) 10.85, Lewis (San Marcos) 10.88, McNair (Morse) 10.94, more »

2013: Some Locals Stood Out at Clovis

San Diego Section athletes in both genders stepped up in the Saturday finals of last week’s state track and field championships. The college-like campus at Clovis’ Buchanan  High was a wonderful venue for the 95th Boys’ championship and 40th Girls’ more »

2013: Services Set for Football Legend Birt Slater

A memorial service for William (Birt) Slater, legendary Kearny High football coach, will be held in the Kearny gymnasium on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at 1 p.m. Slater, 89, passed away recently after a long illness. Slater was head coach more »

2013: San Diego Teams Land 4 in First 25

No state champions, but there were four San Diego Section teams in Cal-Hi Sports‘ final, overall top 25.  It was a good year. San Diego tied for second with the Sac-Joaquin Section in number of top 25 squads from the more »

2013: Sage Creek Football Decision Criticized

BY GARY MARSHALL The new Sage Creek High School in Carlsbad is beautiful. The back-to-back baseball/softball diamonds and tennis courts are woven into a school complex that blends smoothly into the canyon hillside. It is a tribute to our community. more »

2013: Ramona Legend Gary Mayer, 72

Gary Mayer, who led a 1958 Ramona High team that raced to an 11-0 record and won the Southern California small schools championship, passed away at age 72  on Sept. 19 in Rialto, where he had resided since 1966. Mayer more »

2013: Playoffs Picture Coming Into Focus

Polls are great, but what do they mean come playoff time? First things first: Cathedral hung on to first place in the UT-San Diego basketball poll, but for the first time since the 2013 calendar the Dons were not  unanimous more »

2013: Pat Shea, 73; Mission Bay and Chargers

Pat Shea, a starting right guard on the San Diego Chargers’ 1963 American Football League championship team and a legendary Mission Bay High athlete,  passed away in Encinitas recently at age 73. Shea won the 1958 CIF Southern Section heavyweight more »

2013: Oceanside Ranked Eighth in State

High school football has become all about ratings in California. Cal-Hi Sports is out with its first poll of the 2013 campaign and already has Concord De La Salle representing the North in the State Open Division championship game, probably more »

2013: North County, City Take 4 Top Spots in Final Grid Poll

Win or lose Saturday evening, coach Chris Hauser’s Mission Hills Grizzlies are an almost unanimous choice as the No. 1 2013 football team in the San Diego Section. The final Top 10 poll of the season was voted on after more »

2013: NFL Goes For Highlanders, Mavericks

Helix and La Costa Canyon are among 17 U.S. high schools to have two players selected in the 2013 National Football League draft.  Chandler, Arizona, led all high schools with three. Boise State defensive back Jamar Taylor, in Round 2 more »

2013: Mission Hills In; Christian Waits

One San Diego team is in the State Bowl Southern Regional playoffs and another will learn its fate Monday. Mission Hills (12-1) was invited to play host to the Central Section champion Bakersfield Drillers (11-2) Saturday night, Dec. 14, in more »

2013: It’s a Brave(s) New World!

Will it be once every 57 years? That’s how long it took El Cajon Valley High to win its first league basketball championship, a feat not accomplished since the school opened in the 1955-56 school year. The Braves (19-8) have more »

2013: Is Eastlake Underrated?

Cal-Hi Sports honcho Mark Tennis continues to build a case for Eastlake as the San Diego Section’s No. 1 team, although the 31 members of the U-T San Diego voting panel have re-installed Oceanside as No. 1, followed by Mission more »

2013: Don Hegerle, 82, Player and Coach

Don Hegerle, a leader and playmaker for 1950s San Diego State basketball teams and who later coached at Escondido High, passed away on Sept. 9. Hegerle, 82, was a fast, slashing guard who fearlessly drove to the basket and fired more »

2013: D-I & II Quarterfinals: No. 8 Beats No. 1

Props to the Open Division, which delivered the games the CIF hoped for in a terrific week of San Diego Section playoffs. But Oceanside’s stunning comeback, which ousted Eastlake, 33-30, and Mission Hills’ grinding, 24-21 win over Helix were just more »

2013: Cathedral & San Pasqual Both Winners

So shocked were San Pasqual defenders they just watched. Cathedral’s Jack Onstott ran 98 yards with an intercepted pass and brought a stunning conclusion to the Division I, San Diego Section championship game. It was the most thrilling finish since…since more »

2013: Boys’ San Diego Section Records

Event Mark Name School Year 100m 10.3 Riley Washington Southwest 1992 200m 20.97 Ike Okenwa Morse 1998 400m 46.85n Lydell Burston Morse 1996 800m 1:50.15n Shyan Vaziri Scripps Ranch 2011 1600m 4:04.04*(n) Terry Cotton El Cajon 1972 3200m 8:41.8* Thom more »

2013: Bob Speidel, Championship Helix coach

The play on words certainly was not original. Roger Conlee and I referred to Bob Speidel as “The Watchman”, in reference to his last name and to the company that made millions of timepiece wrist bands. But Speidel was in more »

2013: Birt Slater, Famed Coach at Kearny & San Diego

I was informed this morning that Birt Slater, the legendary coach at Kearny and San Diego High, had passed away yesterday afternoon , Sept. 3, 2013. I hope to soon have more information to pass along. Copyright secured by Digiprove © 2013 Related posts: 2013: more »

2013: Bakersfield is Stranger in These Parts

San Diego High first played Bakersfield, then known  as Kern County Union High, in 1917. The Drillers, who play at Mission Hills Saturday night in a State Southern Regional playoff, last met an area team in  1952. San Diego holds more »

2013: Army-Navy Tops No. 1 Cathedral

The UT-San Diego boys’ basketball ratings deadline came a few hours early yesterday.  Disaster struck a little later for the No. 1,  and No. 5 teams. Cathedral Catholic was stunned by No. 6 Army-Navy, 67-61, as 7-foot, 1-inch Cheikh (Chay) more »

2013: Army-Navy Struggles but Moves On

Cheikh  N’diaye did a double-pump fist salute to the gallery of Army-Navy students sitting behind the Warriors’ basket in Viejas Arena Saturday. It was a relieved, if rare show of emotion for N’Diaye, whose team had just survived a tense more »

2013: Helix Among Leaders in NFL Players

The Helix Highlanders had four graduates on NFL rosters when teams reached the 53-man limit earlier this month. Scots alums include running back Reggie Bush of Detroit, quarterback Alex Smith of Kansas City, cornerback Jaemar Taylor of Miami, and tight more »

2013, Week 9: San Pasqual Ousts Mission Hills

San Pasqual this week became the third North County team to occupy the number one position in the weekly UT-San Diego football poll. The Eagles surprised Mission Hills, 13-10, in overtime, knocking out the Grizzlies, who had climbed to No. more »

2013, Week 9: Colts Like Wild Horses, Untamed

Crawford rose to 8-0 and played a home game under lights. Imperial’s Royce Freeman set a San Diego Section career rushing record as the Tigers went to 8-0. San Pasqual and Ramona dropped from the ranks of the undefeated. NEW more »

2013, Week 8: No Love for Cathedral

Mount Miguel crashed the Top 10 with a 42-21 victory over previous No. 1o El Capitan, but UT-San Diego‘s weekly rankings otherwise remained the same in the lead-up to Week 8. Except. Cathedral, which I ranked second, stayed fifth and, more »

2013, Week 7: Shine a Light on Hoover Stadium

The Hoover Cardinals could use the helping hand of Motel 6 maven Tom Bodett, voice of the signature “we’ll leave the light on for you.” Night football is out at Hoover. More’s the pity. The Cardinals became involved in a more »

2013, Week 7: Top 10 Static, but Curious

There was no change from 1-10 in the UT-San Diego’s Top 10 as several teams enjoyed a Week 6 bye. San Diego Section teams begin the turn for home and the postseason with league play beginning this week. Sometimes it more »

2013, Week 7: Grizzlies go up 3 Places

Mission Hills, 5-0 and rested from a week off, rose from 19th to 16th in Cal-Hi Sports‘ weekly poll and jumped from ninth to seventh in the South Division I Bowl Rankings. The improvement is partly because of the victory more »

2013, Week 6: Komets to Leave Home

Birt Slater Field on the Kearny High campus is going to be dug up and a new field will be in place by 2014. The Komets will play their remaining three, 2013 home games at Madison, versus Clairemont, Point Loma, more »

2013, Week 6, 10 Changes in Top 10

The weekly UT-San Diego football poll went through a topsy-turvy Week 5, beginning with Oceanside’s loss to Mission Hills,  and flip-flopping all the way down to El Capitan’s high-powered Vaqueros, making their bow in the Top 10. I differed on more »

2013, Week 5: Down Goes Oceanside!

Corporate shakeups have nothing on the expected  San Diego Section football poll next week. Numbers 1, 3, and 7 were beaten and Cathedral rocked Southern Section rankings when it handled visiting No. 4 Vista Murrieta, 35-28. Mission Hills, which sat more »

2013, Week 5: Decks Cleared for Oceanside-Mission Hills

North County’s game of the year is  Friday night, when  Oceanside and Mission Hills, ranked 1-2 in the UT-San Diego football voting, will roll in the dirt for more than just neighborhood bragging rights. Mission Hills (4-0), which  became a more »

2013, Week 4: Freeman Joins Imperial Icons Arnaiz, Thomas

Royce Freeman is about to become the most famous Imperial High athlete and eventually perhaps its most notable alumnus. Freeman ran for 315 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 42-21 victory over Sweetwater and is nearing the San Diego Section more »

2013, Week 4: Still Oceanside and Mission Hills at Top

Oceanside (24), Mission Hills (6), and San Pasqual (1) all received first-place votes in balloting after for the Week 4 CIF San Diego Section football poll. Ramona, at 9, and Carlsbad, at 10, are new to the top 10. Team/1st Place more »

2013, Week 4: D-III Battle Shaping Up

Three traditional strongholds among the San Diego Section’s smaller schools are a combined 12-0 and staking their turf in Division III. Christian, Francis Parker, and The Bishop’s each is 4-0.  Christian, of the Central League, will take on the Coastal more »

2013, Week 3: Leaders Continue to Hold Sway in U-T Poll

Oceanside gave up one first-place vote to Mission Hills, Poway made the top 10 after being idle in Week 1, and San Pasqual moved up. All was almost quiet on the U-T San Diego prep football front. The only significant more »

2013, Week 2: Oceanside Remains No. 1.

Oceanside, unapproachable in the first half and approachable in the second half of a 47-28 win over St. Augustine, picked up additional support in this week’s UT-San Diego prep football poll. The Pirates, who led 28-0 at halftime against the more »

2013, Week 2: Oceanside Falls in Heat of Night

We made five big mistakes,” Oceanside coach John Carroll revealed to the U-T San Diego’s John Maffei, “and nearly every one of them was because of cramps.” In the high heat of an Oceanside evening, Carroll’s Pirates took a 39-36 more »

2013, Week 12: Playoffs Begin In 6 Divisions

We must be in an era of entitlement. How else can you explain that 64 of 97 San Diego Section teams were invited to participate in the playoffs? And 25 don’t even have winning records. Seventeen losing teams and eight more »

2013, Week 12: Oceanside, Mission Hills Deadlock

Oceanside and Mission Hills reached the end of the 10-game regular-season race in a flatfooted tie, each earning a first-place rating after they deadlocked with 276 points in the UT-San Diego poll of sportswriters and sportscasters. Coach Chris Hauser’s Grizzlies, more »

2013, Week 12: Favorites Ease Through Round 1

The seeding panel of mostly former coaches did its job. There were almost no upsets in any of the six rounds on the opening Friday of the San Diego Section playoffs. None, except in the ubiquitous and maligned Division IV, more »

2013, Week 11: Oceanside No. 1 Again, Barely

Oceanside is back on top in the U-T San Diego football poll, despite losing 30-6 to Mission Hills, the No. 2 team, a few weeks back. I voted for Oceanside.  My thoughts were as conflicted as the total points separating more »

2013, Week 11: How Mighty Have Fallen

San Diego High’s football program has bottomed out. The Cavers forfeited to Hoover on the Monday before the Friday game this week.  The reason given was that they had less than 20 players and unable to field a full squad. more »

2013, Week 10: Mission Hills On Top…For Now

The suddenly topsy turvy UT-San Diego football poll saw another change at the top this week after last week’s No. 1, San Pasqual, took a surprising haymaker from Rancho Buena Vista and fell , 38-36. Mission Hills, upset two weeks more »

2013, Week 10: Red Devils & Cardinals Roll

Football is fun again at Sweetwater and Hoover is traveling in style. Sweetwater whipped Castle Park, 28-7, for its fourth victory in a row and a 5-4 record.  The Red Devils had not won 4 straight since 1996 and have more »

2013, Week 1: Cathedral K.O.s Utah Giant

Oceanside, Helix, Mission Hills, Cathedral, and Eastlake, five of the San Diego Section’s best, posted a combined, 3-2 record and scored a couple impressive, intersectional victories in the Under Armour Brothers in Arms San Diego Classic games on the season’s more »

2013-14: Sweetwater Runs to Fourth in Poll

Echos of Gary Zarecky’s fast-breaking teams of the 1980’s are being heard at Sweetwater, where the Runnin’ Red Devils now are 16-0 and inching higher in the UT-San Diego weekly poll. An 82-66 victory over Morse last week was preceded more »

2013-14: South Bay Teams Make Noise

Rumblings out of the South Bay have become a roar. Mater Dei Catholic and Sweetwater barged into the upper half of the ratings in the U-T San Diego poll this week. Mater Dei, a 26-7 squad and Southern California Division more »

2013-14: San Diego Teams Whacked in Seedings

Talk about a kick in the pelvic region.  The new State Basketball Tournament Open Division pairings did no favors for two San Diego Section stalwarts. The seedings and pairings were announced by the state CIF this evening. St. Augustine (28-3) more »

2013-14: Saints Now 10-0 and on 24-0 Run

St. Augustine is 10-0  and has a 24-game winning streak after a 65-49 victory over the host team in the first annual Rancho Santa Margarita Tournament today, climaxing a 4-game run through the Orange County event. The Saints beat Trabuco more »

2013-14: Saints Hold off Damien

St. Augustine saw an 18-point lead in the third quarter dwindle to 4 but finally put away La Verne Damien, 73-63, as a full house of about 800 persons nervously looked on at St. Augustine Saturday night. Trey Kell had 22 more »

2013-14: Foothills Coach Not Quite Boeheim

There are 20.8 seconds remaining in the game.  Your team trails, 58-54, after battling back from a 14-point deficit. A blocking foul is whistled on one of your players. The frustration finally got to Foothills Christian coach Brad Leaf. Leaf more »

2013-14: Basketball’s Second Season Begins

Seventeen teams with losing records and three .500 squads  made the San Diego Section playoffs. It doesn’t look as ridiculous as in previous years. Pairings announced Saturday promise good games, even  in early rounds, especially considering size of brackets and more »

2013-14: Alma Maters Beckoned Coaches

How uncommon is this? When Kearny (23-2) meets Sweetwater (28-0) Friday afternoon the teams will be coached by alumni of their respective schools. At stake will be the San Diego Section Division IV championship. Historian Greg (Stats) Durrant came up more »

2013-14: Section Overwhelmed in state playoffs

La Jolla Country Day’s 60-42 loss to Los Altos Hills Pinewood in the State Girls’ V championship last week was the final, tumbling domino in a disappointing San Diego Section season. Mater Dei Catholic was the only boys’ team to more »

2013-14: Saints Unanimous No. 1 in Poll

The Martin Luther King Day doubleheader at Francis Parker produced the best game of the season, St. Augustine’s 79-74 victory over La Costa Canyon, and the Saints are unanimous choices as San Diego’s top team in the UT-San Diego poll. more »

2013-14: Saints Switch Places With Mavericks

The season’s first showdown came in the Horsman Invitational at  West Hills and the tournament championship and this week’s No. 1 ranking went to St. Augustine. Trey Kell fired from three-point range and, driving to the hoop, twisted around Torrey more »

2013-14: Saints No. 1 Here, 18th in State

St. Augustine is top-ranked in the final UT-San Diego regular-season poll and is the defending state champion in Division III as playoff teams enter the homestretch of the season. Coach Mike Haupt’s team,  29-4 a year ago, take a 26-2 record into more »

2013-14: Powell Has Moved on and Lincoln Struggles

Lincoln could have used Norman Powell last night at St. Augustine, but Powell is busy rising  at UCLA under first-year coach Steve Alford. It should have been expected. There’s a connection between Powell and Alford. That was apparent three years more »

2013-14: Playoff Seeding and Pairings Next

Selection Saturday is just five days away. League play wraps up this week, but all eyes are on the postseason and the ensuing rounds that lead to the state championships in Sacramento next month. Seedings and pairings for the San more »

2013-14: Mavericks Return to No. 1

What goes around, comes around. La Costa Canyon, ranked No. 1 in the first UT-San Diego basketball poll in December, is first again after vacating the top spot weeks ago. The Mavericks defeated St. Augustine, 62-60, in the San Diego Section Open more »

2013-14: La Costa Canyon Opens on Top

The discussion already is in full swing.  Who’s No. 1? The U-T San Diego preseason basketball poll has La Costa Canyon No. 1 and St. Augustine No. 2. North County bias by a majority of the voters aside,  I’ll take the Saints. more »

2013-14: Kearny Knocks Off Sweetwater

Kearny High found the key to ending Sweetwater’s great run Saturday afternoon. Coach Carl Bronson, ably assisted by UT-San Diego sportswriter Mark Zeigler, exposed the shorter Red Devils’ lack of a low post defense. The strategy allowed the Komets to more »

2013-14: Great Matchups in Open Final 4

There will be basketball almost every night this week in the San Diego Section. Girls begin quarterfinals play in Divisions II, III, and IV tonight and  Tuesday night.  Boys tip Tuesday night in II, III, and IV. Open semifinals are more »

2013-14: Game of Year Revisited

St. Augustine and La Costa Canyon, which played arguably the game of the regular season in January, go for the gold tonight. The Saints edged the Mavericks, 79-74, as part of a Martin Luther King Day doubleheader at Francis Parker more »

2013-14: First Round: San Diego 7, Opponents 19

Wipeouts like these usually are reserved for the North Shore of Oahu. San Diego Section boys basketball teams lost 10 of 11 games in the first round of the Southern California regional playoffs. Girls teams helped ease the pain and more »

2013-14: Bennie Edens Basketball Classic?

Amid the flourishing mid-season “shootouts” is Point Loma High, among the increasing number of schools hosting all-day, nonleague “showcase” games. The contests don’t always turn out to be showcases, because games often have to be scheduled a year in advance more »

2012: Week 13, Fog, the Ubiquitous Companion

From the Nov. 24, 2012, UT-San Diego: –“The fog was so thick that the Grizzlies and San Pasqual looked as if they were playing in clam chowder.” Writer John Maffei, at Mission Hills’ 42-17 victory over San Pasqual. –“Looking like more »

2012: Voters Choose Helix in North County Poll

Twenty-seven area media specialists selected Helix as the top team in the the North County Times’ first weekly San Diego Section football poll, according to Times writer John Maffei. Helix received thirteen first place votes and 245 points overall, ahead more »

2012: Officials Recognized; Students to be Honored

More than 400 members of the San Diego County Football Officials’ Association, including four active NFL game officials, gathered at the Hall of Champions this week for their annual awards dinner. Among those attending were referee Mike Carey (University High/Santa more »

2012: Oceanside Among Best in Final Rankings

Cal-Hi Sports has spoken. Oceanside, 12-1, and San Diego Section II champion, is 15th in the newletter’s final 2012 state rankings.  The Pirates are fourth in Southern California D-II, following Gardena Serra, West Hills Chaminade, and Huntington Beach Edison. Other San more »

2012: History of the Metro Conference

Rick Smith recently wrote a guest article for the Metro Conference website. “The Metro Conference governs the high schools in the Sweetwater Union High School District plus Mater Dei Catholic High School compete in 18 men’s, women’s and coed sports more »

2012: Freeman in State Top 10 in Scoring

Imperial’s Royce Freeman tied for 10th in scoring among California football players in 2012 with 220 points in 12 games.  Freeman tied for 75th nationally, according to MaxPreps. Madison’s Pierre Cormier scored 176 points for a tie for 34th in more »

2012: New Coaches, Realignment Change Football Map

There are at least 21 new head coaches in the San Diego Section. More could be revealed as the season, which began Aug. 24 with Calvary Christian San Diego defeating visiting Las Vegas Calvary Chapel, 37-22, opens on a full more »

2012: Freeman Imperialist Among Scorers

Royce Freeman’s touchdowns are as common as July’s 110-degree days in  the Great Imperial Valley. The 6-foot, 1-inch, 215-pound junior continued to make history this season at Imperial High, whose football lineage dates to 1942 and whose  list of graduates goes all the way back more »

2012, Week 9: Julian Wins Barnburner

You could call it the “Battle of Banner Grade.” Or, as the father of the Julian coach says, “It’s kind of a Cal-Stanford Big Game.” Coach Tim White, the son of University of California alum and legendary San Diego Chargers lineman more »

2012, Week 8: Twice in 102 Years for Army-Navy!

The chapter on football would be very thin in the history of the Army and Navy Academy and its history goes back to 1910. They turn out soldiers and sailors at the boarding school on Highway 101 in Carlsbad. So more »

2012, Week 7: Oceanside Rolling

Oceanside held sway for the fifth consecutive week in the renamed U-T San Diego poll of sportswriters and sportscasters. The San Diego newspaper recently acquired the North County Times, which created the poll. John Carroll’s Oceanside Pirates routed Vista 44-0 more »

2012, Week 6: Undefeateds Down to 4 Teams

Army-Navy, Grossmont, Olympian, and Otay Ranch continue to win, each improving to a 6-0 won-loss record.  Calexico, Patrick Henry, Hoover, and West Hills all were beaten after winning their first five games. Army-Navy scored a 1-0, forfeit win over Calvin more »

2012, Week 5: Area’s Best Fall Short Against Southern Section

It has been said for years  that San Diego produces many  of the best of the best players, but falls short when matching up with teams from North of the County line. That holds true in 2012. Not counting Imperial more »

2012, Week 4: Vista’s 758th Game Like Only One Other!

This could become a habit.  Vista won another 2-0 game. The Panthers defeated Torrey Pines, with a safety the only score in the game last week. It was the second safety-only game in the 758  Vista has played since the school more »

2012, Week 3: Cancellations & Forfeits

DISCRETION BETTER PART OF VALOR? At least five games have been canceled against San Diego Section teams this season and are being considered forfeited, not because of the usual reasons of player academic ineligibility or residential  transfer rules. Temecula Rancho more »

2012, Week 2: Helix Dominates

Coach Troy Starr’s Helix Highlanders received all 27 first-place votes for a maximum 270 points in the North County Times sportswriters-sportscasters poll after defeating Vista 43-7 last week. Helix had 13 first-place votes in the preseason poll and 20 after more »

2012, Week 16: 90-year Record to Fall

Madison and Santa Fe Christian are about to break the oldest record, often tied, in  San Diego County. The Warhawks (13-1) and Eagles (11-3)  will play their 15th games of the 2012 season when the Southern champions tee up in State Bowl Championship more »

2012, Week 16: Gritty Madison Wins State III title

Down 21-0, Madison battled back to defeat Kentfield Marin Catholic 38-35 in a dramatic State III Championship game at the Stub Hub in Carson. A 50-yard touchdown pass play, which began with the center snap going over the quarterback’s head more »

2012, Week 15: Santa Fe Christian Advances

Santa Fe Christian’s first venture into the State bowl regional playoffs was against Arcadia Rio Hondo Prep, a Southern California small schools power  for almost 40 years. ‘Hondo had won 10, eight-man championships and was runner-up four times since 1973 more »

2012, Week 15: Madison Wins with Defense, Special Teams

Madison has a State Bowl III Championship date with Kentfield Marin Catholic at 4 p.m. next Saturday  at Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson. The Warhawks (13-1) advanced after a pulsating, 21-17, come-from-behind victory at Monrovia (12-3), which managed to shackle more »

2012, Week 14: Monrovia, Then and Now

Will history repeat? Madison will play at Monrovia in the Division III State Bowl playoffs this week in the first playoff ever matching a San Diego Section team against one from the Southern Section. San Diego’s last playoff appearance as more »

2012, Week 12: Shock! Cathedral Forfeits Season

The dreaded “Administrative Glitch” is in play in the San Diego Section playoffs. Cathedral’s honored program took a body blow early this week when the Dons were forced to forfeit eight victories in an 8-2 season and were knocked out more »

2012, Week 11: Army-Navy Among Early Casualties

And then there were 40. Twenty teams were eliminated in first-round, San Diego Section playoff games last week. There were no upsets but maybe a mild surprise or two. Army-Navy, 10-0 and coming off the best regular season in the more »

2012, Week 10: 60, Yes, 60, Teams Win Playoff Bids

Oceanside won the regular-season poll and could end up meeting No. 2 Helix in the AA finals at Escondido High in four weeks. And dust is kicking up in the  sand dunes around Glamis as the Imperial Valley girds a for a more »

2012, Week 1: Helix Lives Up to Preseason Poll

Helix’s 28-6 victory over Eastlake on the season’s opening weekend assured the Highlanders of remaining No. 1 in the North County Times sportswriters-sportscasters poll. Helix had 13 first-place votes in the preseason poll last week and picked up seven more more »

2012-13: St. Augustine Shuts Riverside North

St. Augustine scored an impressive victory but San Diego teams lost three of four games  in the Long Beach Jordan-hosted Public-vs.-Private showcase Saturday  at Long Beach City College. The Saints defeated high-scoring Riverside JW North, 63-54.  Cathedral was beaten by more »

2012-13: Lincoln Tops in 2nd Poll

Lincoln remained first in the second UT-San Diego basketball poll despite losing in the Drew Gooden Showcase in El Cerrito Saturday night. San Jose Mitty, defending state champion in Division II, defeated the Hornets 71-60 in the event named for Milwaukee Bucks NBA player Gooden, who more »

2011: Let There Be Light

At 3:38 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, all of San Diego County and communities north to San Clemente, south to northern Mexico, and east into Arizona suddenly were without power. Something had gone awry at a connecting station in the more »

2010: Valley Center Knocks Down Giant

“Best game I’ve seen in ten years,” said veteran North County Times writer John Maffei. Maffei was citing an unlikely but memorable matchup between Valley Center, a Division IV contender in the CIF San Diego Section, and Los Alamitos, a more »

2010-2017:  To Our Subscribers and Passers-by

Next month, on Feb. 14, will mark the seventh year since we undertook a challenge. I wanted to write the history of San Diego County high school football. That’s where my career started and where it will end. Well, I more »

2009: They Became Booming Sooners

The University of Oklahoma was quick to notice that Randall, Baxter, and Seale weren’t the only San Diego Section football stars with exclamation points next to their names. Running back Brennan Clay (Scripps Ranch), wide receiver Kenny Stills, Jr. (La Costa more »

2009: No Neon in This Deon

Deon Randall, his jersey in tatters and his high school career at an end, walked off the Carson Home Depot Field. “It’s a great parallel,” Randall said, “a great analogy, a great symbol to how the game went…it was a more »

2008: He Scored 56, Count ’em, 56 Touchdowns!

That Tyler Gaffney led Cathedral to a State championship and scored a record 56 touchdowns in 14 games only reinforced the notion that this was a year of the running back. Thirty-one San Diego Section players rushed for at least more »

2007: Oceanside’s 10th and First Titles

Oceanside became the first San Diego Section team to participate in the state playoffs, which resumed in 2006 after an 80-year hiatus. The Pirates (11-1) of coach John Carroll, who won Carroll’s fourth San Diego Section championship and Oceanside’s 10th more »

2006: If You Can Beat Them, Join Them

Nick Pascarella delivered the cruelest rejection. The Carlsbad running back rushed for 125 yards in 12 carries and scored two touchdowns as the Lancers pulled away from Rancho Bernardo to win, 40-16. The same Rancho Bernardo which Pascarella attended and more »

2005: A Contentious Season

–Playoff divisions increased. –At least two programs were rocked by  ineligibilities. –Game officials came under fire. –A brawl between Helix and Mount Miguel resulted in a referee’s suspension and a “double forfeit”. WEAK SHALL INHERIT The San Diego Section playoffs became five more »

2004: Another Championship Run for Oceanside

John Carroll got some good news the day before his Oceanside Pirates were to meet Carlsbad for what would be the title-deciding game in the Avocado League. Coach John McFadden of Eastlake called Carroll and told the Oceanside mentor that more »

2003: Havana, Si!

It was a remarkable San Diego Section football season, at once heart-warming and heart-breaking. –Two teams played a game in Havana, Cuba. –Legendary coach Herb Meyer of El Camino retired after 45 seasons and 338 victories. –Lincoln High closed. –The more »

2002: Reggie’s Legacy

Reggie Bush’s high school career ended on a quiet note, but its brilliance probably outshone any other in the 42-year history of the San Diego Section. Bush scored 75 touchdowns and rushed for 60 touchdowns in three seasons.  He caught more »

2002: Fourth Time’s Charm

The memory of 10-28, 30-41, and 35-43 was erased with one 42-14. After three straight losses to Helix, including one in the San Diego Section Division II finals and another in the semifinals, Oceanside put up the right numbers and more »

2001: A Helix-Oceanside Classic

Helix’ 41-30 victory over Oceanside in a matchup of Cal-Hi Sports’ Nos. 1 and 2 Division II teams ranks among the all-time San Diego Section playoffs, not only for brilliance but for the bizarre. “It was a game for the more »

2000: New Century & New Faces

There wasn’t just a millennium going on. Wholesale league changes and the San Diego Section’s annexation of schools in the Imperial Valley were creating a new landscape. What started in 1980 with the addition of Calipatria, Holtville, and Imperial, was more »

1999: Avocado League Avalanche

What a difference 50 years makes. The population growth of San Diego’s North County coincided with the rise of the once small and remote Avocado League. After years of  ascendancy, a punctuation mark was added this season. As Tom Shanahan more »

1998: Helix’s Outstanding Stretch Drive

Helix’ run to the San Diego Section Division II title represented what may have been the finest coaching job in Jim Arnaiz’s 27-season career. The Highlanders were an indistinct 4-2-3  when they began their run. –They improved to 5-2-3 and clinched second more »

1997: Gender Doesn’t Matter

Jason Bott of the Union-Tribune said it best: “Sometimes the best man for the job is a woman.” Her name is Andy Wharton and she hammered a 19-yard field goal with nine seconds left in the game to give West Hills a more »

1996: Essence of the Game

Virtues and moments that identify high school football: –Overflow crowd of more than 4,000 at San Pasqual High, under Friday night lights, for neighborhood bragging rights. –Tom Kirovski carried the ball on 24 of San Pasqual’s 28 second-half possessions and gained 173 yards more »

1995: Bennie Burns as Monte Vista Begins Title Run

Bennie Edens was pissed. “I don’t appreciate being embarrassed,” Edens heatedly responded to a question from Paula Mascari-Bott of the Union-Tribune. “Playing your starters in the fourth quarter, it’s poor sportsmanship,” steamed Edens.  “I’ve been coaching forty-one years and I’ve more »

1994: Morse…Hawaii…it Must be August!

The gentle breezes of Waikiki were calling San Diego Section football teams. Morse coach John Shacklett, who first brought his club to the Hawaiian Islands in 1985, led a vanguard of four local squads, there to play in the annual more »

1993:  Play Ball! Er, Huddle Up!

  Dick Huddleston scored a unique trifecta. 1—He was a  tight end and linebacker on the 1960 Escondido team that won the first San Diego Section football championship. 2–He coached Point Loma to the 1973 San Diego Section baseball title. 3—And more »

1992: Leave it to The Bennie

They could have asked Bennie Edens. Writers and prep experts comprising the selection panel for The San Diego Union weekly Top 10 may well have consulted the Point Loma coach. No one could have offered more expert testimony. The peninsula more »

1991: Vista Returns to Prominence

Successive records of 4-7, 0-10, and 6-6, had turned whispers into shouts at Vista. Had Dick Haines, borrowing baseball parlance, lost the hop on his fastball? Two state No. 1 rankings, three San Diego Section titles, and 11 league championships were a more »

1990: Was Morse The Number One Number One?

As far back as early 1989, Morse coach John Shacklett was able to smile through some struggles, supported by a mantra that the best was yet to come. This after the Tigers had defeated Orange Glen, 31-28, for the 1988 AAA more »

1989: Gene Edwards Retires, Passes Away

The Handyman set aside his tools when one job was finished and was preparing to use them in another. Gene Edwards’s 29-year run as head coach at La Jolla ended with a 27-0 victory over Clairemont in his final game. He more »

1988: Showdown for Morse and Orange Glen

Morse’s 31-28 victory over Orange Glen in the AAA finals ranks among the most exciting of all San Diego Section championship games. And that game followed Rancho Buena Vista’s 21-10 AA victory over San Pasqual, climaxing Rancho’s meteoric rise in more »

1988: The Rise of Rancho Buena Vista

To Dick Haines, the arrival of Rancho Buena Vista felt like a kick in the pelvic region. Vista, where Haines had built a program of statewide respect after his appointment in 1970, was feeling the pain of no longer being more »

1988: Player is player in Century League

Lincoln coach Vic Player, on his 100th career victory: “It’s wonderful to reach a milestone and be considered among the elite coaches in San Diego County.  It’s great to be up there with coaches I admired when I was young more »

1987: In Year of Pointers, Panthers Point Fingers

“Elevator! Elevator! We got the shaft!” The age-old shout from unhappy cheering sections, usually directed at game referees, was leveled by head coach Dick Haines and Vista partisans at nine coaches charged with seeding and selecting teams for the San more »

1986: Junior Seau, Wide Receiver?

There were no sonic booms and reveille still sounded at the usual time on  the nearby Camp Pendleton military reservation when Roy Scaffidi announced he was moving senior quarterback Junior Seau to wide receiver. That Seau also played a fine more »

1985: The Best Ever?

Dick Haines would give you his opinion even if you didn’t ask for one. So the veteran coach practically shouted his response to the obvious question after the Vista Panthers defeated Helix 35-7 for the San Diego Section AAA championship more »

1984: What’s in a Name?

 Grossmont School District superintendent Lewis Smith was one of the most ardent advocates of what could have been termed the “Free San Diego” movement in the late 1950s. Smith and other educational and school board associates wanted out of the more »

1984: In Search Of a Better Life

Losing had become an unshakable habit for Coronado. It had come to this for the Islanders:  Point Loma essentially begged them to play a scheduled game. Outscored, 104-0, in the season’s first four games, down to maybe 17 able-bodied players, and facing more »

1983: Red Devils and Red Alerts

An outstanding run by Sweetwater, starting in the 1960s, actually was just beginning. The Red Devils went 12-1, won a championship for the first time since 1972 and launched a 36-game winning streak. They would claim another title in 1985 and posted more »

1982: No Intrigue When Scott Webb Was Kicking

Scott Webb and Jim Arnaiz weren’t joined at the hip.  It was more like at the leg. Together three varsity seasons at Helix High, they would be inducted together into the school’s  Hall of Fame  in 2005. Webb quarterbacked the more »

1982: Montgomery Takes Flight In South Bay

John J. Montgomery High’s football history does not require an encyclopedic tome. A few pages would be more than enough. Most of those pages would be devoted to the 1982 season.  Coach John DeVore’s Aztecs posted a 9-2 record, the more »

1981: Arnaiz Airways Challenges Air Coryell

Dan Fouts and the San Diego Chargers were in the midst of a great era in which the passing-game genius of coach Don Coryell was felt throughout football, in San Diego nowhere more than at Helix High, pride of the more »

1980: The Other Allen

He didn’t have the cachet of his older brother, but Damon Allen also stood alone with his achievements. Damon followed older brother Marcus, who scored five touchdowns in the 1977 San Diego Section championship game, won the Heisman Trophy at more »

1980: Rematches and Redemption

To paraphrase Yogi Berra, it was déjà vu all over again. A competitive, topsy-turvy season concluded with an unusual doubleheader, Helix in a rematch with Mount Miguel for the AAA championship and Lincoln in a rematch with La Jolla for more »

1979: Komets and Pointers Play 18-Hour Game!

Kearny High and Point Loma kicked off at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, 1979, and the Komets clinched a 9-6 victory on Oct. 27, 1979, about 18 hours later. Five seconds remained on the clock when the Komets’ Jim Goosens more »

1978: Arnaiz and Helix Persevere

Dominated by Grossmont in the annual carnival, beaten by the rival Foothillers in league play, overwhelmed by a Mount Miguel comeback a week later, the Helix Highlanders took a mandatory eight count, had the sawdust wiped from their gloves, and more »

1977: Death Threats for Marcus Allen

The messages were not the garden variety “good luck this week,” or “see you at the game.” “I got several phone calls threatening my life,” Marcus Allen told writer Steve Brand.  “The callers said I better not be at the more »

1977: Old Friend in Trouble

Balboa Stadium’s days were numbered. When construction was completed in 1915, the concrete horseshoe seating more than 23,000 was the largest municipally-owned stadium in the world, according to Don King, author of “Caver Conquest.” The 1933 magnitude 6.3 earthquake that more »

1976: Birt’s Legacy Intact as Herb Continues to Build

Like ships passing in the night, Birt Slater and Herb Meyer were headed in the opposite direction, but their coaching paths were virtually identical. Slater confirmed his retirement as head coach at Kearny following the Komets’ 39-28 loss in the San more »

1975: Day Football on Saturday?

City schools experimented with a Saturday slate of games for one week. At the same time it was revealed that the board of education had supplemented schools’ associated student body accounts with $49,000 since the ban on night games began more »

1974: Musical Chairs, Anyone?

San Diego High was in the playoffs and San Dieguito was out. Oops, San Dieguito was  in and San Diego was out. The seeds of a legislative tempest had germinated in the spring when the San Diego Section Coordinating Council more »

1974: Difference Between Night and Day

Attendance for afternoon games involving city teams was noted weekly in newspaper stories, probably for the first time in years.  Prep writers had gotten out of the habit. An edict that forced city schools to play home games in the more »

1973: Back to the Future

Two, eight-team upper and lower brackets made for the largest postseason in San Diego Section history. What had gotten into the CIF bosses? They had repeatedly recited the dubious mantra that the playoffs made the season too long and were more »

1972:  Usurped By…Basketball?

Several Eastern League schools found themselves locked out of playing sites by, get this, the San Diego Conquistadors of the American Basketball Association. The preps, in keeping with years of tradition, thought Aztec Bowl was reserved for them for games Oct. more »

1971: Saints and Patriots Are Don’t Invitems*

The Watergate break-in and burglary in Washington, D.C., still was about nine months away, but spying and potential dirty tricks already were part of the landscape in a fierce Eastern League rivalry. St. Augustine’s defending San  Diego Section champion was more »

1970: The Saints Finally March In

“Neither rain nor sleet nor snow can keep the Saints from twelve and oh.” That pregame prophecy,  as reported by Bill Center of The San  Diego Union, was scrawled on a chalkboard in a pregame meeting room under the Aztec Bowl stands before St. Augustine’s more »

1970-2016: Walton or Leaf, Take Your Pick

Bill Walton was 33-0 in his senior season at Helix.  T.J. Leaf was 25-5 at Foothills Christian. Walton’s Helix team dominated the San Diego Section, but the Highlanders’ 70-56 victory over Chula Vista in the AA finals in 1970 marked the more »

1969: Cavemen Prove Merit With CIF Title Share

The result of the Eastern League’s vote to determine its champion after a three-way tie for first was considered so egregious that even the coach of a potential playoff opponent led the shouting. San Diego High was the selection of the more »

1968: El Capitan is Pistol-Packin’ Mad

Late November in San Diego County produced rain, muddy fields, and fog. Such expressions by Mother Nature carried the promise of critical fumbles and controversial calls, but not a touchdown that no one saw, accompanied by not one but two reports more »

1967: Jerry Upholds Powell Legend

Jerry Powell’s performance was typical of one with literally the last name in San Diego prep athletics. Powell was the youngest of four brothers whose achievements resonated here and in professional ranks over three decades, beginning after World War II, more »

1967:  For Powell, Why Lincoln?

Jerry Powell was 9-0 as the sophomore quarterback on San Diego’s junior varsity but transferred from the school of his family’s athletic greatness to the less traditional Lincoln. It was a brilliant move. Powell went on to a great career more »

1967-68: Mount Miguel on Mountain Top

They were cast in the 6-foot, 11-inch shadow of Bill Walton and Helix’ 33-0 team of 1969-70. History has overlooked the Mount Miguel clubs that dominated the Grossmont League and San Diego Section in the late 1960s. The Matadors were more »

1966: Shallow Playoff Pool, As Usual

San Diego Section bosses, unlike their successors 40 years later, were determined to keep the playoffs short and sweet and the season’s length to their liking. The administrators came up with a format that was surprisingly agreed to by St. more »

1965:  What’s in a Name?

Rio Seco High, a new school in Santee, was introduced last year in anticipation of its opening in time for the 1965 football season. But students and citizens requested that such name be tabled and leaving the school unnamed until others more »

1964: Bull Durham…er, Trometter!

Retired after an honored career in the Marine Corps, Robert E. (Bull) Trometter took a high school job. Trometter could employ a figurative steel fist in the Marines (head coach at the San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot in 1947-48, at Camp more »

1963: Playoff Operations Snafu

Who saw the game and who didn’t commanded almost as much attention as Kearny’s semifinals playoff victory over Escondido. President John F. Kennedy’s death and the resulting week’s postponement generated several more days of pregame coverage by area media outlets and contributed to a building buzz more »

1963: Death of a President

On Nov. 22, 1963, my address was an apartment at 2742 B Street in the Brooklyn-Golden Hill neighborhood.  It was about 9:30  on a Friday morning.  I had a free day until covering the Escondido-Kearny playoff that night in Balboa Stadium. I more »

1962: Someone Forgot To Tell The Officials

Try playing a game without officials. Hilltop and Escondido tried, with disastrous results for the visiting Cougars, who were upset, 18-13, by the homecoming-enthused Lancers in the season’s final regular season game. Twenty minutes before kickoff Hilltop coach Bob Tomlinson noticed more »

1961: Grossmont Teams See The Light(s)

Modified Sportsmen race cars and the arrival of the San Diego Chargers may have saved night football in  the foothills east of San Diego. An unusual alliance. Grossmont School District teams, faced with an illumination problem, played many games on the infield more »

1960: For Better or (Mostly) Worse

San Diego County was “free” of the giant Southern Section and on its own, thirty-one schools strong. The formation of the local CIF section pleased administrators and assorted education honchos who now wielded the sharp end of the stick. Coaches more »

1960-61: Where’s Aretha? Mustangs Want Respect

It was a question never answered, probably because it seldom was asked. Which was the better team? The 25-1 San Dieguito Mustangs, who won the Class A championship, or the tradition-rich, 24-3 Hoover Cardinals, who won the AA title in more »

1960-2012 Who Had the Best Defense?

A reader submitted that a Torrey Pines team coached by Ed Burke should be considered as having the all-time best defense among San Diego Section championship teams. Burke’s 2003 Falcons posted a 12-1 record, defeated Fallbrook, 7-3, in the Division more »

1959: St. Augustine Gets a Track and Field Home

One of St. Augustine’s vagabond teams finally was getting a home. A 330-yard track and field oval would provide the Saints a facility for dual-meet, track-and-field competition beginning in 1960. Football and baseball would still have to travel to  games. more »

1959: Farewell, Southern Section!

San Diego had its own vision of manifest destiny.  An inferiority complex, too. Dr. Ralph Dailard, superintendent of the San Diego City Schools, announced on Sept. 22, 1959, that 15 area high schools were lined up to become members of more »

1959: East and West San Diego

A town divided. The City Prep League, founded in 1950, and which followed a smaller, 1930-32  alignment of the same name, was history. Hoover, St. Augustine, San Diego, Lincoln and Crawford, schools located east of U.S. 395, became part of more »

1959: Duane Maley Bows Out

This wasn’t the expected route of Duane Maley’s farewell tour. San Diego High was 0-2 for the first time in 46 years. Maley also was steaming at The San Diego Union sportswriter Jerry Magee and Maley’s boss, principal Lawrence Carr, more »

1959: “Birt, Are You Crazy?”

Birt Slater’s sanity was in question. Why would the handsome, charismatic Slater take the head coaching job at Kearny (three winning years in 15 seasons,  all-time record,  45-66-7), when he could have had the San Diego High  job when Duane more »

1959-60: Hoover Comes Up Short at Finish Line

Seldom was a defeat as disappointing as that which knocked out Hoover in the semifinals of San Diego’s swansong in the CIF Southern Section playoffs. The Cardinals sustained a numbing, 39-34 loss to Anaheim in the semifinals round in a more »

1959-60: Helix in Tough Loss; Point Loma Surprises

San Diego was leaving the Southern Section at the end of the school year but was going out with an unprecedented show of force. Hoover was ranked No. 1 and Helix No. 2 in seeding for the 32-team major playoffs.  more »

1958: Jackrabbit Fever Strikes Mighty Cavemen

San Diego High fell with a resounding thud in quarterfinals of the Southern Section playoffs. A 26-18 loss to old nemesis Long Beach Poly in Balboa Stadium was surprising in its decisiveness, devastating in its finality. Especially for coach Duane more »

1958:  Cinderella Was a Red Devil

An apparently routine CIF playoff loss by another San Diego-area team loomed when Sweetwater took possession after an Anaheim punt late in the third quarter, trailing in a first-round game, 7-0. What followed was legend. What Red Devils quarterback Wayne more »

1957: Downey Gives Cavers Tummyache

San Diego had two teams in the Southern California finals and another poised to advance, but none went the distance. Three losses by the area’s best, based on size, made for a  bitterly disappointing end to a difficult and unprecedented more »

1957: Different Kind of Opponent

A silent killer loomed over San Diego County gridirons. Discovered in February in a Southern China province, a virus that  became known as the Asian Flu hit area teams with full force several months later. The germ spread to Singapore, more »

1957: Cook and Cavers’ Great Day

Roscoe Cook, Bobby Staten, Willie Jordan, and Charles (Sugar Jet) Davis comprised a swift foursome of San Diego High athletes who surprised the field and brought home a Southern California track championship. The biggest surprise was supplied by Cook. Some more »

1957-58: Shaules and Saints Lit Up the Scoreboard

January, 1958,  was  special  for Tom Shaules, for St. Augustine High, and for basketball in San Diego. This month, in 2013,  marked the 55th anniversary of Shaules’  run through the City Prep League. The 5-foot, 8-inch senior scored a record more »

1956: Then and Now for Hoover’s Engle

A stunning, 20-12 victory over archrival San Diego High brought back a flood of memories to Hoover coach Roy Engle. –That hazy afternoon in Balboa Stadium in 1935 when Engle drove the Cardinals to a fourth-quarter, 7-6 victory over San more »

1956: “Smiley” is San Diego High Legend

San Diego coach Duane Maley said it best:  “He can run sideways faster than most backs can forward.” Maley spoke of a favored player,  5-foot, 4-inch, 145-pound halfback Cleveland (Smiley) Jones, who literally carried the 1956 Cavemen. Jones was the more »

1956-57: A Red Devils Reset

Who would have thought a team that started the season with a 1-8 record and finished 10-10 would be celebrated? Hats off to the Sweetwater Red Devils! An eighth loss in nine games was where coach Wells Gorman’s team stood more »

1955: This Year is Different for Cavemen

Since winning it all in 1922, San Diego High had made unsuccessful playoff attempts in 1925, ’33, ’45, ’46, ’47, ’48, ’50, ’53, and ’54, and they were positioned again to make another run at a Southern Section championship. Coach more »

1955: Principal Up to his Neck in Playoffs

A twist in the CIF Southern Section playoffs this year resulted in the Coronado principal twisting in the wind. Escondido and Coronado had tied for second place in the Avocado League. making either school eligible for the league’s runner-up berth in more »

1955: Cavers in Epic Struggle

By the grace of a 17-14 Advantage in first downs, San Diego High survived a 20-20 standoff with Anaheim in the CIF playoff semifinals before 10,271 persons at Long Beach Veterans’ Memorial Stadium. A heart-thumping conclusion represented the final shot more »

1955:  The Winningest Era

Chet DeVore was taken aback, if not incredulous. “I’m a basketball coach,” he told his boss. “I don’t have enough experience to coach football.” That was DeVore’s reaction in 1951 when Chula Vista High principal Joe Rindone, asked DeVore to more »

1955:  Anaheim Was In Like Flynn

Mickey Flynn became known as the “Ghost of La Palma”. Because of the 1950-55 success of Clare Van Hoorebeke’s Anaheim Colonists program, the Anaheim parks department had agreed to expand the La Palma Avenue baseball park to include 7,500 grandstand more »

1955-56: Islanders Square Account

Coronado paid off an old debt. Hoover’s playoff advance was halted at the foul line. Merrill Douglas ended a great run at San Diego High. Lincoln showed that patience pays off. –John Kovac was a football coach who happened to more »

1954: South Bay Dynasty

Chet DeVore was thinking of  an earlier, distant journey and a notion called  the “Spin T”. “We expect a tough game from an aggressive, well-coached team,” DeVore said of coach Gus Headington’s 10-1 El Centro Central squad and its uniquely designated offensive more »

1954: Coronado’s Fallen Officer

Frank Greene had spent much of his life around a football field or in law enforcement when he was shot and killed at age 43 on Oct. 12, 1954. Greene set the standing California high school record of 80 points more »

1954: Cavemen Come of Age

Duane Maley, his voice hoarse, his body soaked from an impromptu shower by the coach’s shouting, celebrating players, stood amid the bedlam of the San Diego High sideline in Balboa Stadium. “My kids played the best football game I’ve ever more »

1954: Bulldogs’ Bite Felt in Foothills

Ramona High, in business since 1894 but sans football until 1938, was emerging. Nestled at 2,200 feet between Mount Woodson and Iron Mountain in San Diego’s East County, the Bulldogs had quietly plugged along in relative mediocrity for 15 years, more »

1954: “A Play That Will Live in Infamy”

Hoover principal Floyd Johnson was thinking of making a change when he met with football coach Bob Kirchhoff before the 1954-55 school year. Johnson was dissatisfied.  A 1953 season that began with much promise was sullied by a 4-4-1 record more »

1954-55: The Saints Get Some Glory

St. Augustine felt better about itself, assuaging some of the long-standing frustration from thwarted attempts to secure a league affiliation. The small, independent Catholic entity that opened its doors in 1922 enjoyed an in-your-face season and earned the first playoff more »

1954 San Diego-Santa Monica game Film

Dr. Tebb Kusserow, an all Southern California lineman at Santa Monica High in 1960, is involved with the Samohi Archival Project and provided this rare footage of a Southern Section playoff in 1954 between San Diego High (dark uniforms) and Santa more »

1953: Avocados And New Schools

Lincoln and Mission Bay took their first, tentative steps. St. Augustine continued to push for league affiliation. North County schools wanted to be closer to home. Army-Navy and Brown Military didn’t want to be left out. Such was the landscape, which promised to  change. more »

1953: “Brimming” With Success

Chula Vista High was in the midst of a legendary era in the school’s history, thanks to two gentlemen loosely described by their imaginary headwear, which bespoke of the respect they commanded and clout they carried. Joe Rindone, the sports-minded more »

1953-54: Spartans Footballers Get Basketball Legs

All coach Clarence Burton and the Chula Vista Spartans needed was the rounding into shape of several football players fresh off the CIF Southern Section small schools championship. The Spartans started slowly in December while Chet DeVore’s gridders were engaged more »

1952: No, No, Not Again!

The dreaded coin toss was back. The flip of a silver dollar had elevated La Jolla into the Southern California playoffs after a first-place tie with San Diego in 1951. Now, with a week remaining in the regular season and more »

1952: 3 Too Much For Chula Vista

“We couldn’t convince ourselves that this team was as good as the Sweetwater and Oceanside teams we defeated.” Such was the lament of Chula Vista coach Chet DeVore, whose Spartans’ season ended with a 19-0 loss to Laguna Beach in more »

1951: Heads We Win, Tails You Lose!

Duane Maley must have felt like the guy who discovered that his wallet had been lifted after being jostled in a crowded theater. Maley had ended up on the wrong side of the coin minutes after conclusion of an exhausting and competitive City Prep more »

1951-52: Six Things to Remember

1) Point Loma’s almost rags-to-almost-riches season ended with a call from Uncle Sam. 2) Hoover’s 11-1 ride through the City Prep League and 23-win campaign stalled after an 11-point lead in the playoffs. 3) Helix, without a gymnasium, or a more »

1950: As Powell Goes, So Go Cavers

This team may have been the best of all coached by Duane Maley at San Diego High, but the Cavemen lost two of their best players and five reserves as practice started and their best player at the most important more »

1950-51: Wanted: Triple-A Road Maps

The twists and turns of the season weren’t so much about the drama of last-minute shots and frenetic finishes but of quirky schedules, odd venues, and some World War II-like travel. Coronado and Chula Vista met in the Metropolitan League’s more »

1949: Tragedy on the Highway

La Jolla’s Jim Prather was a member of the Southern Section team in the College Prep All-Star game against the CIF Los Angeles City Section and set up set up a touchdown with a 46-yard punt return as Prather’s side scored a 27-7 victory. It more »

1949-50: 4th in League, 1st in Southern California

Chula Vista’s basketball history was brief and uninspiring. Two seasons, 12 wins, 18 losses, seventh and fourth-place-tie finishes in the Metropolitan League. No problem.  The Spartans emerged from the pack to win a Southern California championship this season. It was more »

1948: High School Football is No. 1!

A small item in The San Diego Union revealed that the Coliseum Arena in San Diego would be dark on Sept. 24. A scheduled boxing card  was called off, because the promoter didn’t want to compete for gate receipts with more »

1948-49: “Little Guys” Hold Sway

City schools Hoover and San Diego usually wielded the sharp end of the stick, but smaller schools, for the second year in as row, stepped up.  Coronado, from the mostly suburban Metropolitan League, and Vista from the rural Southern Prep more »

1947:  The Crowds, They Kept Coming

 Hoover principal Floyd Johnson was going to hold the line. His school was the technical host for the annual game with San Diego High in Balboa Stadium and after the throngs of recent years Johnson vowed to close sales “when more »

1947: Hilltoppers Are Oh, So Close!

Although at least two-touchdown underdogs, coach Bill Bailey’s San Diego Hilltoppers took a 12-0 lead into the fourth quarter of the Southern California championship game. It would not be enough.  The Hillers sustained a third consecutive loss in the finals, more »

1947-48: McColl’s Haul

Bill McColl was working on the second leg of a football-basketball-baseball “triple crown.” The 6-foot, 3-inch, 200-pounder was bound for  an all-America career at Stanford University and an eight-season stint as an end with the Chicago Bears of the NFL, more »

1946: BMOC’s and King Football

In the era following the Great War, the prototypical Big Man On Campus fit a profile: Tall, good looking. Athletic. Star in  sports. Quarterback on the football team. Acted in the senior play. Prom king. San Diego High’s Gerald (Jerry) Dahms matched more »

1946-47: Cardinals, Hillers Busy

The CIF Southern Section was flourishing with competition. Wartime travel restrictions were a thing of the past.  There were games and more games, multiple tournaments, and big crowds. Hoover, 13-6 in 19 games in the 1945-46 season, jumped to 33, more »

1945: Cavers No. 1 in Country Until…

The headline below  screamed at the top of the lead sports page in The San Diego Union on Nov. 13, 1945. The Scholastic Statistical Bureau  of New York, “which every week rates the performances of thousands of high school grid aggregations more »

1944: The “Temporary Suburbs”

Oct. 5 was bearing down on Kearny High football coach Darrell Smith.  His team would play the first football game in school history, a night game no less, at Coronado High against the Islanders’ junior varsity. Slight problem. An important more »

1944-45: Hoover Rules Southern California Basketball

 It’s a footnote in area history that has almost been lost in the mists of time. San Diego’s rare basketball parlay. The Hoover Cardinals were champions of Southern California and center Dick Barnes was player of the year. One had been more »

1943: V is Key

The most important letter in the alphabet was V. World War II was reaching the halfway point.  The dark days of early 1942 had receded and Victory, while not yet in sight, was coming. V had become a symbol, visible more »

1943: Drink, you dirty Bum?

Not exactly modern hard rap, but school administrators weren’t amused when they heard students in the San Diego High cheering section “dissing” their  Hoover counterparts. The Hilltoppers sung to the tune of an old Army field artillery ditty, “Over hill, over dale, we will more »

1943-44: Ivan the Terrible, Not

An otherwise quiet, ho-hum campaign shortened by war was energized in the season’s last game. Ivan Robinson, the younger brother of 1941-42 San Diego star Ermer Robinson, scored 38 points, including 25 in the second half of a 70-23, season-ending victory more »

1942: Imperiled Season is Saved

The rubber didn’t hit the road. So it was with the endangered 1942 season, buffeted by the winds of war that thrust San Diego to the forefront of the defense effort. Gasoline rationing shortly would go from volunteered to mandatory. more »

1942-43: It’s All About Victory

Galvanized Americans had Victory on their minds as the war moved into its second year. San Diego school officials, living in the hub of the defense industry, pitched in.  They created the Victory League and put the Metropolitan League in a more »

1941:  “I Want to Play Someone I Can Beat”

That refrain was heard early and often in the CIF Southern Section.  It is heard today, more than 100 years later. Coaches, players, administrators, fans, even the media, want to see their teams positioned to win or at least able more »

1941-42: Season Survives After Pearl Harbor

San Diego High players weren’t thinking of tomorrow. They were more interested in savoring a 27-24 victory at Coronado as the team boarded the ferry for the short ride back to the docking slip near Pacific Highway and Market Street. more »

1940: Firestorm Over Oceanside Transfers

Voices were raised, fists shook, and fingers pointed in a  conference room  at  the downtown YMCA on Oct. 24 in  a dustup over  eligibility involving players who notoriously became  known as the “Adopted Football Stars.” Metropolitan League principals and coaches held more »

1940-41:  Douglas, Wilson Make Coaching Debuts

Two young coaches destined to become legendary in San Diego basketball lore arrived as varsity mentors at the city’s two prep powerhouses. Rickey Wilson, a former San Diego High player, succeeded Lawrence Carr at Hoover and Merrill Douglas, a transplanted more »

1939: Pointer Coach’s Scary Exit From Europe

War clouds across the Atlantic  and a scary moment on the high seas are what Charlie Wilson remembered most about 1939, when he was about to begin his second season as head coach at Point Loma. Wilson toured Scandinavian countries more »

1938: Weird End to Vikings’ Season

Call it the case of “The Missing First Downs”. La Jolla and Calexico engaged in a Southern California Lower Division playoff at La Jolla. The game ended in a 6-6 tie, but The San Diego Union reported the next day more »

1937: Vexed Wex(ler) Pulls Plug

Harry Wexler’s Escondido team was penalized 15 yards before it ran a play or even took the field for the second half against Grossmont. Furious, Wexler basically challenged referee Charlie Smith to perform a physically impossible act. The veteran mentor, more »

1936: A Changing and Uncertain Landscape

–Point Loma was beginning the most successful run in school history. –Bank and creditors foreclosed on the Garnet Avenue property in Pacific Beach on which San Diego Army and Navy Academy had been a fixture since 1910. –School districts sprung more »

1935: Hoover Victories and a Riot In Stadium

A 27-0 loss to the Muir Technical Mustangs of Pasadena in the first round of the Southern California playoffs did not dim the luster of one of the greatest seasons in the history of Hoover High football. John Perry, who guided more »

1934: The Brothers Nettles

Their story could have been inspiration for “The Grapes of Wrath,” because Bill Nettles and younger twin Wayne lived the life of John Steinbeck’s poor and displaced. Teenagers, age 16,  caught in the poverty of Oklahoma’s depression-era Dust Bowl, they sought more »

1933: Cavers ‘Couldn’t Lose’, But They Did

“Power, deception, speed, coordination, all wrapped in blue and white packages from the Border City.” Such was the observation of a Los Angeles Times reporter who witnessed San Diego High’s 27-0 victory over host Santa Barbara along with 5,000 others more »

1932: “I Want to Play Football at San Diego High”

Coach Hobbs Adams was in his office a couple years before, finishing some paper work during the quiet of the Christmas vacation break. A strapping youngster walked into the school’s recently constructed gymnasium and found Adams at his desk. The visitor more »

1931: San Diego High Plays for Charity

The Star Spangled Banner became our national anthem, Al Capone was convicted of tax evasion, the Empire State Building rose in Manhattan, the small community of Las Vegas voted to legalize gambling. And 8 million Americans, at least 16 per more »

1930: Off (As in Remove) The ‘Vine!

Now wait just a grape-pickin’ minute! Students at Escondido High were up in arms. They did not like the term Grape Pickers or its use to describe the school’s athletic teams, although the wine-making fruit held agricultural sway in the more »

1929: New Sheriff(s) In Town

San Diego High had a new football coach for the third  season in a row and was challenged for supremacy for the first time by a team not from Long Beach Poly or other Coast League rivals. Coronado High, across more »

1928: Turbulent Season at San Diego

The Roaring Twenties were coming to their disastrous conclusion, a new school would rise in East San Diego honoring future president Herbert Hoover, who promised a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage, and San Diego High football was beginning a more »

1928: Eligibility Showdown for Saints and Hilltoppers

The rivalry between San Diego High and St. Augustine, only a year old in football, had heated up. At least six graduates of the high school continued to play on the prep level, for St. Augustine. This was not uncommon more »

1927: Foothillers Bring Championship to Grossmont

Grossmont’s Southern California Minor Division football championship for schools with less than 1,000 students was achieved following a series of competitive and administrative struggles. Coach Ladimir (Jack) Mashin’s Foothillers defeated Calexico High, 9-0, on the Grossmont gridiron to complete an more »

1926: John Perry Steps Down From Hilltop Perch

San Diego High represented one of the best football coaching jobs in the state, but was John Perry all in? Perry ruminated that the 1925 season, which ended in a bitter, 13-6 loss to Covina in the CIF championship game, more »

1925: Santa Ana Ploy Almost Derailed Hilltoppers

Competition and controversy were different words with different meanings, but they blurred in the far-flung Coast League, whose fratricidal members regularly accused their brethren of academic or residential mischief. San Diego High was on the receiving end of a peculiar allegation that more »

1924: Hilltoppers’ Star Saved in Swimming Pool

San Diego High avoided a tragic event when star sophomore fullback Bert Ritchey almost drowned before the Hilltoppers’ “bowl game” at Phoenix Union. After  a 12-hour ride on the San Diego & Arizona railroad, the Cavemen worked out at Phoenix’s Riverside Park more »

1923: Writer Takes Shots at San Diego Coach

John Perry was 29-10-2 with a winning percentage of .738 in four seasons as San Diego High coach. But that wasn’t good enough for one sportswriter on San Diego’s largest daily newspaper. A crushing midseason, 26-0 loss to Long Beach more »

1922: Student Gives Newspaper Inside Scoop

San Diego High had an unusual relationship with The San Diego Union. Student Alan McGrew, who also served in a business position as the “Temporary Football Manager of San Diego High School,” was the de facto Hilltoppers beat writer for more »

1921:  Loss Becomes Tie For Coronado

Football was constantly evolving. Officiating did not seem to be keeping pace. Sweetwater’s successful onside kick late in the game resulted in the winning touchdown and a tie for first place in the County League in a 20-14 battle with more »

1920: Welcome, Grossmont!

A new school? Grossmont High opened this year, located on what was known as the Riverview campus in Lakeside. It would be two years before the school moved to the top of the Grossmont Summit in La Mesa, where it more »

1919: Coronado Flexes, Hilltoppers Up, Down

San Diego High continued to transition to mediocrity from the championship squad of three seasons before and tiny Coronado mixed with the big boys. Bryan (Pesky) Sprott and five members of the Hilltoppers’ nationally-acclaimed 1916 team  now were leading the University more »

1918: Global Health Crisis Hits Home

A sneeze at a military facility near Junction City, Kansas, turned into a cold that led to a fever that led to a death that led to a global pandemic. The so-called “Spanish Flu”, which is said to have first more »

1917: Hilltoppers Learn it’s Difficult to Repeat

Uneasy rested the crown. San Diego High, anointed the best high school team in the country by a New York publication after the 12-0 campaign of 1916, experienced a season of highs and lows, emphasis on the latter. Coach Clarence more »

1916: The Legendary Hilltoppers

The 12-0 season, Southern California championship, and declaration as national champions proved  just the beginning for coach Clarence (Nibs) Price and many of the San Diego High Hilltoppers. Price left the school after the 1917-18 school year and made his way back more »

1916: San Diego Hilltoppers Are National Champions

Follow the 12-0 San Diego High team, which won the Southern California title and was declared No. 1 in the U.S. by the National Sports News Service, as covered by Jack Darroch, “beat writer” for The San Diego Union. Darroch’s more »

1916-2013: Did Hilltoppers forfeit to Drillers?

It was a moot point for 97 years. But when Bakersfield defeated Loomis Del Oro, 56-26, in the State Division I championship in 2013 an old dispute surfaced. Officially the title was Bakersfield’s seventh, along with years of 1920, ’21, more »

1915: Hilltoppers HaveTheir Field of Dreams

“City” Stadium, a horseshoe-shaped edifice with more than 23,000 concrete seats, opened the previous spring in the back yard of San Diego High. Coincidentally, football fortunes improved on the Hilltop. Coach Clarence (Nibs) Price, 2-3-1 in his inaugural 1914 season, more »

1915-2013: About the Track and Field Marks

I have reprinted Steve Brand’s 2012 track and field annual (2013 is being updated as this is written). Steve and I have shared an equal love of high school track for many years.  My newspaper, the Evening Tribune published the more »

1915-2013: Boys’ State Meet Champions

100 meters 1992 Riley Washington Southwest 10.30 1977 David Russell Henry 9.61y 1974 Elijah Jefferson Crawford 9.8y 1973 Elijah Jefferson Crawford 9.6wy 1929 Jimmy Willson San Diego 9.8y 200 meters 1977 David Russell Henry 20.97y 1941 Glen Willis San Diego more »

1915-2013 Girls’ State Meet Champions

100m 1984 Gail Devers Sweetwater 11.51 1974 Janice Wiser La Jolla 10.8y 200m 2000 Monique Henderson Morse 23.19 1974 Janice Wiser La Jolla 24.2y 400m 2001 Monique Henderson Morse 51.34 2000 Monique Henderson Morse 50.74 1999 Monique Henderson Morse 52.87 more »

1914:  On The World Stage

It’s not a stretch to declare that this was the year San Diego, the growing city at the geographical bottom of California, stepped into the modern age. The vision and determination of San Diego’s civic leaders launched the successful Panama-California more »

1891-1913: Football Finds the Pacific Coast

 It had been almost 25 years since Rutgers University and Princeton played in the first American football game in 1867. A generation later the gridiron sport, more like Australia’s rugby, had made its way West. To an expanse near the more »

2013: Steve Brand’s Track Top 10

(Reported as of May 19) a–fully automatic. w–with wind.  h–hand timed.  c–converted. BOYS 100—(Fully automatic) Brown (Valhalla) 10.76 (10.73aw), Smith (Mt. Miguel) 10.80, Ardis (La Costa Canyon), 10.81,  S. Pater (Mt. Carmel) 10.83, Molton (Hilltop) 10.84, Lucas (Poway) 10.85, Lewis more »